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Natural Alternative Strategies to the Top Ten Prescription Drugs – Part 9

Tuesday, May 7, 2024 8:44 AM

Article by Mark Anderson of Standard Process West  
and Kerry Bone of MediHerb. 

OSTEOARTHRITIS
• Osteoarthritis is characterized by degenerative joint changes that cause pain, tenderness, limited range of motion, crepitus, and inflammation.
• As many as 90% of individuals over age 40 show degenerative changes radiographically, although not all of these individuals have symptoms. 
• Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and most frequently affects the articular cartilage and subchondral bones of the hands, knees, hips, and spine. 
• Osteoarthritis is characterized as primary if there is no apparent predisposing cause or secondary if it is associated with an underlying medical condition. 
• Primary osteoarthritis can be localized to one or two joints or generalized to three or more joints. 
• Osteoarthritis affects men and woman nearly equally; however, under age 45 men are affected more frequently, and over age 55 women are affected more frequently. Approximately 40 million Americans have osteoarthritis. 
• Primary osteoarthritis appears to be caused by the cumulative effects of repetitive occupational or recreational joint use (with professions such as baseball pitchers, ballet dancers, dock workers), which leads to a destruction of the cartilage when individuals are in their 50s and 60s. Degenerative changes are usually age-related but may also occur as a result of fractures and other mechanical abnormalities. 
• There may also be a genetic predisposition. Secondary osteoarthritis is associated with an underlying medical condition (e.g., Wilson’s disease, acromegaly, hemochromatosis, hypoparathyroidism), which can often be treated, resulting in a resolution of the osteoarthritis. 

Signs and Symptoms 
• Morning stiffness or stiffness after inactivity for less than 15 minutes. 
• Joint pain, worsened by movement and improved with rest (in severe cases constant pain). 
• Soft tissue swelling 
• Bony crepitus (crackling noise with movement) 
• Bony hypertrophy causing gross deformities (e.g., heberden’s nodules of distal interphalangeal joints). 
• Limited range of motion 
• Subluxation (incomplete or partial dislocation) 

Treatment Options 
- Catalyn 
- Calcifood 
- Betacol 
- Glucosamine Synergy 
- Organically Bound Minerals 
- Boswellia Complex 
- Livton
- Ostarplex
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