Medical Minute 12-9: Why You're Hurting - Top Arthritis Myths

By: Ramin Khalili Email
By: Ramin Khalili Email

Tired of that constant, nagging pain? According to the FDA, that arthritis pain is a two-billion dollar annual business, partly because a whole bunch of products claim to relieve arthritis.

"I'm not in favor of running to a doctor. I'm old school Italian," said Cg A Vcchiano.

You name it; tennis champ Al Vacchiano tried it for his knee, but the pain stayed.

After five years, he tried the least invasive surgical option, arthro-scopy. But by then, he had advanced arthritis, and surgery made it worse.

Now your joint's going to be all sore and inflamed from the surgery that you had, so most patients are actually much worse after an arthroscopy," said Geoffrey Westrich, M.D., Co-director of joint replacement research Hospital for Special Surgery New York, NY.

Doctor Geoffrey Westrich says advanced pain patients should ditch those unproven pills, devices, and minimally invasive surgery. For bone-on-bone arthritis, he says joint replacement is the best option.

"Patients are much better having one anesthetic, one correct operation, than having to have two operations with two anesthesias," said Geoffrey Westrich, M.D.

So what's your arthritis IQ? Contrary to popular belief, arthritis is NOT an elderly disease. Two-thirds of patients are under age 65.

Weather is also NOT a factor. In fact, there's no science showing a flare up happens during bad weather.

Finally, you may be happy to know that exercise DOES help arthritis. Doctors say walking, biking and swimming can ease your pain.

Denise PalaciosHospital for Special Surgery212-606-1510

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