Non-Pharmacological Therapies for Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip, and Knee

Non-Pharmacological Therapies for Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip, and Knee

In patients with osteoarthritis related pain sensitization of nociceptive pathways may result in patients perceiving low level stimuli as being overtly painful. In terms of clinical responses to non-pharmacological therapies, these can have an effect on supraspinal processes which influence nociceptive processing and therefore OA-related pain. This post gives a brief overview of non-pharmacological pain management strategies for osteoarthritis related hip, knee, and hand pain.

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The guidelines on low back pain are clear: drugs and surgery should be the last resort

The guidelines on low back pain are clear: drugs and surgery should be the last resort

"Low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide and is becoming more common as our population ages. Most people who have an episode of low back pain recover within six weeks, but two-thirds still have pain after three months. By 12 months, pain may linger but is usually less intense."

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Acupuncture for Cervicogenic Headaches

Acupuncture for Cervicogenic Headaches

Acupuncture as a therapeutic intervention is being embraced by the medical community. This is in part because it is a non-pharmacological therapeutic intervention that is simple to carry out, economical, and has very few side effects. One area that is being explored is the use of acupuncture to decrease the individual’s headache frequency, intensity, duration and acute medication requirements.

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