Joint Pain關節痛知多少

What should you do about joint pain? by Simon Stopps

SC: How common are joint problems? Who is most affected?
關節問題有多普遍呢? 誰最容易受影響?
DH: Everyone from young people to the elderly has joint problems. Injuries to joints compound, eventually leading to the more serious problem of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis – the destruction of cartilage – affects 50 percent of people over the age of 55 and almost 100 percent of those over 75.
從年輕到上了年紀,每個人都有關節方面的問題。傷到了關節組織,最後更加導致嚴重的關節炎. 50%55歲以上的人和100%75歲以上的人都受到關節炎(軟骨組織遭迫害)的影響
SC: Which joints cause the most trouble?
DH: Osteoarthritis develops very slowly and can occur in any joint. The joints most commonly affected are the knee, hip, hand and spine. Usually joints in the lower part of the body are the most troublesome because we use these joints to walk and bear weight.
Sc: How can one prevent joint problems?
DH: Daily stretching and strengthening exercises lead to stronger and more flexible joints that have more resistance to injury. It is also important to get plenty of rest and do a good warm-up and cooldown before and after exercising. Using protective equipment and avoiding unsafe situations can help prevent jnjuries from occurring in the first place.
SC: what causes the joint pain?什麼會引起關節疼痛
DH: Obviously, injuries from muscle damage can lead to joint pain, but the most common cause is swelling or destruction of the cartilage. Though most people eventually recover from joint injuries, damage to the cartilage can’t be reversed and can only get worse. The pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis will persist and increase with activity.
SC: What should you do if you already have joint pain?
DH: If you are already suffering from joint pain, there are things you can do to improve your situation:
The R.I.C.E.(Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) principle is a simple treatment that can be used with all injuries. Physical therapy treatments, such as massage, are also proven to provide long-term relief of joint pain. Be careful when selecting a treatment, though. Avoid traditional remedies that manipulate the joint as they may lead to further injury. If the problem persists, see your doctor. He or she may be able to offer medication that relieves symptoms. A new treatment call Orthokine may also be useful. Orthokine offers hope to osteoarthritis sufferers by actually halting the progress of osteoarthritis and providing long-term relief.
Orthokine Therapy
A new treatment offers hope for sufferers of joint pain by Dr. David W. Hang
Osteoarthritis causes pain and makes movement difficult for as much as 10 percent of the population. Unfortunately, the cartilage destruction that characterizes osteoarthritis is a continuous process, and conventional treatments may encourage patients to use the joint more – leading to further damage.
In the early 1980s, scientists discovered that patients with osteoarthritis produce abnormally high levels of a protein called Interleukin-1 (IL-1) which destroys cartilage, causing the disease. Further research led to the discovery of IL-1 Ra, a protein that counters the destructive effects of IL-1.

Then, in 1996, a team of doctors invented Orthokine® therapy. This innovative process uses cells from the patient’s body to produce high concentrations of IL-1 Ra that are then injected into affected joints.

Orthokine® therapy is revolutionary in that it actually halts the progression of osteoarthritis rather than simply alleviating the symptoms. Clinical trials have also shown that the therapy is more effective than other treatments. A recent study even suggests the treatment may result in cartilage regeneration.

Orthokin® therapy has been used successfully in Europe and Australia for the past decade, and its safety and effectiveness are well proven. This exciting treatment offers hope to osteoarthritis sufferers everywhere.