In order to review the best treatments for Osteoarthritis, it is important to understand exactly what the disease is and how it affects the human body.
Also known as degenerative arthritis, Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic disease or condition of the joints. In a healthy joint, cartilage covers the end of each bone. Cartilage provides a fluid, smooth surface for joint movement and acts as a softening buffer between the bones. In Osteoarthritis, however, this cartilage breaks down and allows the bones to both rub against each other and start to wear away, causing a great deal of pain. It occurs most often in the neck, lower back, knees and hips, plus the small joints in the fingers and at the base of the thumb and big toe.
Common Osteoarthritis treatments include strong painkillers such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, opioids and capsaicin cream. However, like all pain relief medication, it is often not able to improve the underlying condition. Other options are corticosteroid and hyaluronic acid injections, whereby medicine is injected into the joints affected by Osteoarthritis. All of these Osteoarthritis treatments are drug-dependent methods, and most are reliant on the continued use of medication. Often this is not ideal.
Surgery can also be an option if the Osteoarthritis is severe, however, whilst it can increase mobility in some patients, it does not usually get rid of symptoms altogether, and patients may still experience pain and stiffness.
There are emerging techniques and methods that are providing an alternative to drugs. What is now being seen to be one of the best treatments for Osteoarthritis is MBST. It’s a non-invasive therapy with no known side effects. Studies have indicated that patients suffering from pain associated with osteoarthritis have reported a reduction in pain levels post-therapy. Other clinical studies have shown an increase in bone mass density after Magnetic Resonance Therapy. MBST stimulates hydrogen protons using radio waves, putting them into a ‘high energy’ state. This energy is then released in the same way as in MRI. When you have an MRI scan, energy is reflected out and detected by sensors for a computer to turn into an image we can then see. MBST uses the same magnetic resonance technology principles as MRI, but for healing instead of imaging.
MBST introduces energy into specific cells or cell groups in order to stimulate their regeneration. This can result in the increased function of the joint, significant pain reduction and can even eliminate the need for surgery.
Patients can be treated whilst relaxing, lying down or in a chair, depending on the area being treated by MBST. The treatment is both comfortable and relaxing, and patients often describe it as warm and pleasant tingling sensation – so nothing like injections into an already painful joint, or a copious amount of painkillers to swallow!
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