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I have osteoarthritis in my lower back lumbar disk, and doing excercises like sit-ups can be painful. Does anyone else have this, and if so what excercises can you do for your abs without hurting too much. Plus in fourteen if it helps. Thank you!

I have had osteoarthritis since I was fifteen. I also have rheumatoid arthritis. I had a laminectomy on my lumbar spine which has given me relief. Do not do any exercises without your doctor's permission. It can cause major damage. I have had surgery on the cervical spine with cadavar bone wedges, a titanium plate and screws. I've had a total knee replacement and will have a total hip replacement in two months. Next I will have surgery on my toes because they are bending sideways. Taking care of my joints and vertebrae is an ongoing process and I'm determined to keep going as long as possible. I'm 65 and have no intention of giving up. I wish you all the luck in the world. You need a good rheumatologist and/or a surgeon who specializes in spinal surgery. Mine is in Nashville, Tennessee and he is worth the world to me.  (+ info)


My mother is 52 and she is suffering from osteoarthritis, the pain derives from her knees down to her legs and elbows and fingers.

please are there any recommendations that anyone can give, other than pain killers?

I'm 71 and have similar problems. Used to take ibuprofen. Read a letter in a magazine by a sufferer who recommended eating a handful of red/black grapes every day. It worked for me, not a complete cure but I don't have to take the tablets now (2 years). It takes a month or two to take effect. Continue with the pain-killers until no longer needed. Apparently the grapes contain a substance which helps. Hope it works for your mum.  (+ info)

What is the difference between tendinitis of the elbow or osteoarthritis of the elbow?

I have osteoarthritis in my hands, wrists and one knee. Now my elbow is hurting and I really don't want to go to the Dr.'s again. How do you tell the difference? Thanks for the help.

tendonitis is inflammation of the tendon and osteoarthritis is breakdown of the cartilidge in the joint  (+ info)

What is the difference between bone spurs and osteoarthritis?

I have been having pain in my hip for a while so i went to the doctor and he said i have bone spurs in my hip. I researched bone spurs and everything keeps talking about osteoarthritis. I am just wondering if that is the same thing or is it caused by osteoarthritis? I also would like to know how to heal bone spurs without surgery if that is even possible. Any information would be great thanks! :)

Osteoarthritis can cause bone spurs to form. Bone spurs a bony growth formed on normal bone and usually forms when the body tries to repair itself by building extra bone. Hence, sometimes, as we age and the slippery tissue in between our joint breaks down and wears away, bone spurs may form in along the edges of the joints. You may wish to find out more information on the common treatment methods in page 2 of the link given here: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/bone-spur-topic-overview  (+ info)

what pain do you get when you have osteoarthritis in the knee?

I have OI and Osteoporosis and i do think that i have osteoarthritis in the knee as well..

I have been getting pain behind the knee cap for a number of months and i think that it might be osteoarthritis.

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What does a blunt force trama to aknee with osteoarthritis do?

My husband didnt know he had osteoarthritis in his knee until a car hit him while he was walking. The car hit his left knee (the osteoarthritic Knee). He had no pain or mobility issuse until the car hit him, so what would that do to increase the pain or add to the trama already there? I heard that it can cause frgments from the bone to dislodge no sure though.

yes, it can cause more pain along with a host of mobility problems and possible cartilage damage as well as bone fragments to move around, also fluid might build up in this knee now  (+ info)

How to reduce body weight which help in reducing the osteoarthritis knee pains?

My mother is aged by 65years, can anyone tell me the best way to lose her weight, she is suffering with osteoarthritis knee pains. She walks little but could not do exercise.

Sincere thanks,

By any chance is there a seniors water exercise program in her area? This is a great non-stressful exercise particularly for people with osteo-a. It will not only give her better health and take off the weight, but Iit seems to help some people with the arthritis.
Getting into a group may also introduct her to other women with similar issues - the group aspect tends to encourage all of us to get with the program!  (+ info)

What medication reduces swelling for osteoarthritis?

I have swelling and pain in my left ankle caused by osteoarthritis, and I want to know what medicine will help reduce the swelling and releive the pain, which at times is so unbearable that I have to go to the hospital emergency room to get pain medication (morphine) to take the pain away. There must be something available that I can take on a daily basis to miniminze the pain and swelling. Please help me. Thank you.

no medication - exercise up to pain not into pain.(use it or lose it) rest and elevation + ice packs help relieve swelling  (+ info)

what excercise can I do with osteoarthritis in hips and lower back, also in the neck to tone up?

I have osteoarthritis in both hips, lower back and also have cervical spondolosis. I am on a lot of pain killers and due to see an orthopeadic surgeon for my hips. The pain killers are not taking all the pain away. However, I have alway excercised especially my legs. Now I don't do any and feel uncomfortable with my inner thighs which are not as toned as they used to be. Also I need some for my abdomen.

swimming is really good for all muscles, and good with OA as it's non-weightbearing, so won't exacerbate your symptoms.  (+ info)

What does it mean to have Osteoarthritis AND scoliosis?

I'm 26 and I just found out that I have Osteoarthritis and Scoliosis in my lower back. What exactly does this mean for me? My doctor was kind of vague with me with this diagnosis. I have a LOT of lower back pain and it hurts all the time and I don't know what to do. My doctor recommended physical therapy, but my work's health insurance doesn't cover it. I have tried Aleve, but it doesn't phase it.

Osteoarthritis basically means that you have some degenerative changes of the joints in your spine. This is a normal part of aging but if the doctor is pointing it out it may be advanced for your age. Scoliosis means a curvature of the spine. Just because you have a curvature does not necessarily mean that you need to get treated. However, considering the fact that you are having symptoms, you should. I would take the referral from the physician to a physical therapist at least for a consultation/examination. The will perform a thorough exam and give their findings and educate you on what is going on. They can also possibly give you some exercises and other treatments that you can do on your own. Since your health insurance does not have physical therapy benefits you can self pay and go intermittently (instead of 2-3x/wk may 1x every 2-3 wks). Just remember you will not see progress as quickly with the lower frequency. You must be very committed to complying with the instructions and recommendations of the PT.  (+ info)

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