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Does garlic help with knee pain?

There is limited evidence that garlic can help joint pain. In research many of the suggested attributes of garlic focus on its anti-inflammatory capabilities. A May 2022 study: (1) “The antinociceptive (pain blocking) effects of garlic have shown promise in treating different chronic diseases in humans, such as knee osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and peripheral arterial occlusive disease stage II. The most common garlic products are garlic powder (dried garlic), steam distilled garlic oils, garlic oil macerate and aged garlic extract. Antinociceptive effect of garlic has been extensively evaluated in preclinical models and clinical assays to treat different diseases, contributing to

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Pain after knee replacement

A June 2022 study (1) Up to 20% of people who undergo total knee replacement surgery have ongoing pain and discomfort. The aim of this study was to understand what role the concepts of embodiment (of both having a body and experiencing the world through one’s body) and incorporation (integrating something into one’s body) might have in understanding experiences of pain and discomfort after total knee replacement. Two main themes were identified: 1) when describing chronic postsurgical pain, some participants also described sensations of discomfort, including heaviness, numbness, pressure, and tightness associated with the prosthesis; 2) participants reported a lack

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Knee pain treatments

In this article we will look at new and recent research for the non-surgical treatment options for knee pain. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), analgesics, intra-articular corticosteroid injections are of little value in the long term, and opioids may have ominous consequences. A study from 2022 (1) writes about the need for new knee pain treatments: “Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), analgesics, intra-articular corticosteroid injections are of little value in the long term, and opioids may have ominous consequences. Radiotherapy of knee osteoarthritis has no added value. Physical therapy, exercises, weight loss, and lifestyle modifications may give pain relief, improve physical functioning

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Synthetic meniscal implants

A June 2022 paper (1) assessed  failure rates and clinical outcomes of synthetic meniscal implants following partial meniscectomy. Meniscal (tissue replacement) substitution with scaffolds may be advantageous following partial meniscal resection. . . However, “the evidence for meniscal scaffold use is insufficient to suggest that they could potentially improve clinical outcomes in patients post-meniscal resection. This is largely due to the high proportion of concurrent procedures performed at index procedure . . . On the basis of current evidence, the use of meniscal scaffolds as a sole treatment for partial meniscal defects cannot be recommended, owing to the relatively high

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Joint instability and collagen

What is Collagen? Our bones and muscles are held together by the aptly named connective tissue. Connective tissues are ligaments, which connect bone to bone, and tendons, which connect the bones to muscles. It is also the fascia covering muscles and the joint capsule tissue. Ligaments and tendons are made of collagen. When the ligaments and tendons are injured, the body produces collagen to heal them. The problem with ligaments and tendons is that the body offers them a poor blood supply and, because of it, a poor chance to completely heal. The poor supply of blood to the ligaments

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Cortisone benefits and adverse effects

There is a concern amongst doctors and patients as to the long-term use of corticosteroids in managing chronic back, neck, and joint pain. Cortisone injections can help many people, they can also provide potential harm to others. The debate over the detrimental effects of corticosteroids intensified during the COVID-19 surge as corticosteroids suppress immune response. A September 2021 paper (1) found: “There are growing concerns with the widely used glucocorticoids during the Coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic due to the associated immunosuppressive effects, which may increase the risk of COVID-19 infection and worsen COVID-19 patient outcome. Heavily affecting orthopaedics, the pandemic

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