TRADITIONAL TREATMENT OF ARTHRITIS

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
October 29, 2018
A STORY OF MY PATIENT-ARTHRITIS
November 2, 2018
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The basic traditional treatment of both osteoarthritis & rheumatoid arthritis is the use of non steroidal anti inflammatory (NSAIDS) & aspirin Disease-modifying anti rheumatic drugs (DMARD) like methotrexate, leflunomide, hydroxychloroquine, sulfasalazine. While these drugs reduce inflammation in joints, they are also responsible for the frequent side effects of stomach ulcers, upper gastrointestinal bleeding, liver damage, bone marrow suppression & severe lung infections. Thereafter, the patient is told to undergo surgeries like synovectomy, tendon repair, joint fusion & in the last total joint replacement.

My greatest concern regarding the above said procedure & drugs is that these drugs merely provide pain relief without attacking the underlying cause of the disease- OXIDATIVE STRESS.