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Elderly people suffering from osteoarthritis are experimenting with alternative therapies in their strive for improved quality of life over conventional medical treatment. However, pain and stiffness in their joints were not shown to improve with relaxation therapy, acupuncture, and natural remedies, as satisfactorily as they did with medication. More invasive methods of treatment incorporate surgery and joint replacement, fixation and arthroscopy. Osteoarthritis is diagnosed clinically and via joint x-rays and is common in people aged over 50. Restriction of exercise due to pain and immobility resulted in weight gain, which exacerbates the symptoms of osteoarthritis and impacts negatively on self esteem. Other symptoms of the degenerative disease are loss of independence and loss of sleep due to pain and loss of function.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Senior Journal.com
About: Alternative therapies not satisfactory for osteoarthritis
Date: 29 June 2005
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