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Eight Tips to Beat Your Osteoarthritis

1. Make Sure You Really Have Osteoarthritis
2. Searching For Just Pain Relief? You Shouldn't
3. Keeping Your Weight in Balance is Key To Taking Control of Your Osteoarthritis!

4. The Arthritis Fighting Diet
5. Fighting Arthritis Through Proper Exercise!
6. The Treatments: NSAIDs, Cox-II Inhibitors, Surgery, & Glucosamine
7. How to Evaluate a Glucosamine Product
8. 10 Ingredients that Will Ease Your Arthritis

Tip 6: The Treatments: NSAIDs, Cox-II Inhibitors, Surgery, & Glucosamine

Doctors will often prescribe NSAIDs and COX-II inhibitors for joint pain and arthritis sufferers. If you are taking these treatments, you are putting yourself at a high risk for developing serious side effects from heart disease to ulcers. These treatments simply are not healthy for you.

In even more serious cases, the doctor will often prescribe steroids. However, steroids such as cortisone and opiates are not only dangerous, they can be life threatening. These are not a viable alternative either, and once again, all they do is treat the pain, but do nothing to treat the disease.

In the most severe cases of osteoarthritis, a doctor almost certainly will be telling you that you will require steroid treatments and unfortunately, in the more severe cases they will often be quick to say that terrible "S" word surgery.

When you are talking about joint surgery (typically, hip and knee replacements) there are usually two end results here, First of all, no matter what you are told you will experience limited mobility for the rest of your life after even the most successful operations. Secondly, these "replacement" surgeries do have a failure rate. Generally, they will last about 8-10 years at most and the surgery will have to be repeated.

However, there is hope. The latest arthritis research has shown that there are some very effective alternatives that have no side effects, are completely safe, and treat both the pain and disease. This treatment is glucosamine.

Recently, glucosamine has been making a lot of headlines. Glucosamine is an over-the-counter dietary supplement that has been shown to be effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis and joint pain. Glucosamine stimulates the production of glycosaminoglycans (GAG's), important proteins found in cartilage and proteoglycans, the water holding molecules that make up the cartilage.

In the next tip, I will discuss what to look for in a glucosamine product.

Continue to tip seven: How to Evaluate a Glucosamine Product

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