I wanted to see if, in addition to traditional treatment, anyone has had experience with having supplemental treatments for pain associated with OA? These would include such therapies as acupuncture, acupressure, and/or massage therapy. I am considering looking into these.View Thread
Hello Karen, I'm new to the community as well but wanted to share my experience thus far with having advanced stage OA in my right knee. I have had an arthroscopy and am waiting for Hyaluronate injection therapy. In the meantime, I use
ice for swelling
elevation of the knee
rest, when needed, for pain/swelling management
I use a cane so as to not put as much pressure on the joints
I use a knee brace/sleeve, which aids in stabilizing the joint and as an added bonus I have found it provides a bit of warmth to the knee.
orthotic shoes for alignment
my pain meds (OTC)which I take only as needed, consist of acetimenophen due to a sensitive stomach.
I try to do gentle stretching movements, but due to the severity of the arthritis in the right knee, it's very painful.
Regarding your questions surrounding the amount of standing, activity, etc., I would consult with your orthopedic doctor on this. They will more than likely give you a program designed specifically for you in mind. I have also found that my left knee is now feeling the impact from having to rely more on it-I am extra careful now with this knee, especially now that I know what to look/feel for. I wanted to also add that I use relaxation techniques that include sound therapy, meditation, visualization and centeredness. These have aided in my overall well being while on this journey. I wish you all the best and hope this helps.View Thread
Hello Caprice, I am new here and look forward to sharing. A good day for me is one where I have started the day by embracing and accepting the changes that have came with having Osteo Arthritis. I use relaxation techniques that include meditation, sound therapy and visualization, which have helped a great deal with pain/emotional management and take me to a place of inner peace and acceptance. For a very long time I wrestled with varying emotions and have finally learned to embraced these emotions and the life changes that come with having OA. I have found this to be a part of the emotionally healing journey of hope and acceptance with having this condition. I wanted to share some of my experiences and thoughts in hopes that it might encourage others.View Thread