Arthritis

“Arthritis is set to become a huge U.S. health problem,” says the Center for Disease Control. Truth is, arthritis already is a huge health problem.  All you have to do is ask any general physician what the number one complaint he hears is and he’ll tell you arthritis.

There are many types of arthritis and all of them can now be successfully treated, but the two most common types of arthritis are: rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.  Both are terribly painful, but are caused by very different problems.  That means each is treated in a different way.


OSTEOARTHRITIS

Chronic pain is one of the most talked about problems in the health arena and one of the biggest causes is osteoarthritis.  The pain of osteoarthritis begins gradually, progressing slowly over many years.  People under 40 may have the condition with no symptoms at all. Osteoarthritis is commonly identified by aching pain in one of more joints, stiffness, and loss of mobility.  Inflammation may or may not be present.  The pain may behave like a roller coaster, with bad spells followed by periods of relative relief.  It often worsens after extensive use of the joint and is more likely to occur at night than in the morning.  Stiffness tends to follow periods of inactivity, such as sleep or sitting, and can be eased by stretching and exercise.  Pain seems to increase in humid weather.  As the disease advances, the pain may occur even when the joint is at rest and can keep a sufferer awake at night.

Unfortunately, fixing the problem hasn’t been nearly as easy as describing it.  As is the case with many modalities, modern medicine can explain the problem much better than it can solve it.  But osteoarthritis is one condition where modern medicine has missed the boat.

There have been many articles written on chronic pain, although it is rarely mentioned what the main cause of the pain is:  the connective tissues of the spine and joints.  Yet by addressing the deficiency of connective tissues, the lack of collagen and weakness in ligaments, tendons, and muscle, even people with apparent spinal degeneration (a condition previously thought irreversible can be cured of their pain!

NON-SURGICAL JOINT RECONSTRUCTION

A small number of physicians (presently less than 300) have turned to a non-surgical treatment first developed in the late 1930’s that has shown very promising results in the treatment of chronic pain.  By using Prolotherapy, these doctors have accelerated the rate of cartilage growth and strengthened the complete joint structure in patients with “no cartilage.”   Using this therapy in conjunction with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) many hip and knee replacements have been avoided.

MANY FACTORS AFFECT CONNECTIVE TISSUE HEALING

There are many factors that affect connective tissue healing, but the next most important factor is the nutritional and medical status of the person.  People, who consume very healthy diets and do not have systemic medical conditions, have an excellent chance to heal their chronic pain.  If they experience positive jump signs where tendons or ligaments attach to the bones then they have almost a 100 percent chance of curing their chronic pain with Prolotherapy.

UNDERSTANDING WHAT CAUSES ARTHRITIS

In acute injuries, the ligaments and tendons become torn.  Ligaments function to limit the range of motion that bones can move between each other.  Ligaments function to stabilize joints and hole the joint together.  Tendons function to attach a muscle to bone in order to provide motion.  Discs and cartilage serve to absorb shock and keep the bones from rubbing against one another.  If the ligaments become torn or over stretched, the joint becomes unstable and resultant friction causes the discs or cartilage to become worn down causing a loss of height.

The disc and cartilage may also become worn down by repeated motion.  This loss of height causes further ligament laxity and thus more instability.  The friction of the joint is a stress. Bones respond to stress by making more bone.  This results in bone spurring which is the body’s attempt to splint or stabilize the unstable joint.  Degenerative disease is merely the body’s attempt to stabilize joints as the tendons and ligaments have not been able to heal because of lack of blood supply.  If a patient has considerable degenerative arthritis, the loss of disc or cartilage height causes a laxity of the supporting ligaments.  This causes joint instability.  Non-Surgical Joint Reconstruction (Prolotherapy) has been shown to be effective in these conditions causing the lax ligaments to become strengthened, thus stabilizing the joint and allowing for increased  function and endurance.  Prolotherapy is an injection technique that tightens and strengthens these tendons and ligaments so the joint can more normally again.

For more information please use this link to Prolotherapy and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) on this website….

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

Rheumatoid arthritis can be successfully treated by a combination of antibiotics and balancing the balanced hormone therapy (BHT).  (Some hormones have catabolic effects, while others have anabolic effects (tissue building, sparing of protein, improved glucose tolerance, increased density of bones, etc.)  A balance of these effects is necessary for the body to have stability but an imbalance in either direction can lead to painful medical problems.

When the body has a balanced system, it breaks down old tissue and replaces it with new, healthier tissue and the result is continued good health.  thyroid hormone and cortisone have catabolic effects, whereas insulin, growth hormone, and the sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen) have net anabolic effects.

Using cortisone alone creates an imbalance in the metabolic system and further degeneration of the tissues.  A combination of testosterone, estrogen, and a cortisone derivative taken sublingually has been found to relieve the effects of this condition very satisfactorily.  The hormones act together to bring balance to the system.

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