Knee Pain – New Pain Relief Medication

Knee Pain – New Pain Relief Medication

A new way of managing / treating knee pain

If you’ve started to experience knee pain you’re not alone, more that 17.6% of the Australian adult population aged over 45 experience knee pain at least on a weekly basis. It is possible that for some people such pain may be the early stages of osteoarthritis.

The symptoms associated with knee pain:

  • Occasional joint pain: you might experience this as mild, intermittent or just uncomfortable pain and may signify the breakdown of the flexible joint tissue known as the cartilage. At this stage the pain usually reduces over time when the knee is rested or the leg elevated.
  • Increasingly persistent pain: as the joint continues to deteriorate knee pain may persist, become painful at night and even cause insomnia or other sleep difficulties.
  • Stiffness and difficulty maintaining a normal full range of motion and flexibility in the knee: at this stage of cartilage deterioration knee pain really starts to interfere with quality of life and can limit participation in normal daily activities.

So, what are the options for daily relief of knee pain?knee pain

If the symptoms I’ve written about sound a bit like your experience, what are your options for managing your knee pain or osteoarthritis?
It may sound contradictory to recommend that you keep moving the knee, especially when standing, walking and bending your knee causes pain and swelling. It might be difficult at first but over time, continuing to be active will reduce the pain, improve joint mobility and may even help maintain the cartilage of the knee. We sometimes forget that the human body is made to move and be active rather than being sedentary. Exercise will improve and strengthen the muscles around the knee which will slow the progression of the osteoporosis.
What about pain relief? Currently most sufferers of knee pain and osteoarthritis use over the counter paracetamol (panadol) to help manage the pain on an ‘as needed’ basis. While using paracetamol is a reasonable medium term strategy, regular long term use is generally not recommended as even mild analgesics can have negative effects when used over a long period.

 

Alternatives to commonly uses analgesics

With our research group, I am currently investigating and trialling a new analgesic (pain relief) medication that works directly on the nervous system to reduce pain and improve sleep at the same time.
This medication is being tested as an alternative to the paracetamol, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen, as it is safer to use long term that currently available analgesics.

 

Trialling the new medication

If you suffer from knee pain or have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis would like to see if this new medication works for you and alleviates your symptoms you can trial the medication free.

Over the next 8 weeks we are running a fully funded clinical trial evaluating the potential of this new pain relief medication for the management of mild to moderate knee pain in men and women aged between 40 and 75. If you think this may be for you and you’re interested in taking part, or just want to know a little more about it, simply fill in the form below and I’ll be in touch to answer any questions you have and if you fit the criteria and want to test the medication, enrol you in the trial.

 

Dr Beth Steels
PS: if you want to know more about me, click here.

 

Knee Pain Enquiry Form

 

Knee Pain Symptoms Trial 001
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Research – Integrative Health

Lets have a look at the Integrative Health Model.

Integrative Health emphasises the combined use of conventional and alternative ways to support the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of wellness.

As a biochemist / scientist, I understand we need to develop robust scientific rationale behind our medicines for both prevention and treatment of dis-ease.

However, in order to evaluate a treatment under this scientific / medical model, firstly there must be a test method available and secondly, it requires the treatment to work in exactly the same (biochemical) way in everyone.

This system works well for supporting physical health such as treatments for blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

However, we do not have the tools to measure, scientifically, many other aspects to our health and many alternative treatments are so individualised that they would fail under the rigorous clinical trial process we use to judge effectiveness of pharmaceuticals and botanicals.

So it is likely that our approaches to improving “happiness” which may include my prescription of daily “sun-time”, “laughter” and “hugs” will remain as an alternative approach for many years to come.

Cold and Flu Season

…..the season is upon us…….

There are a number of very effective treatments for combating the virus’s that cause the common cold and flu symptoms. The most important key in using these treatments is to start taking small doses of these remedies regularly, as in every 3-4 hours, as soon as you feel the symptoms starting to occur.

These treatments include the nutrients vitamin C and zinc as well as ginger and garlic oil extracts. These ingredients will fight the cold virus itself. For symptom relief, while the body is under attack, use a natural pain relief such as willow bark. Support to reduce muscle aches and help sleep can be aided with the likes valerian.

We found in a double blind clinical trial that this medicinal combination and a regular prescribed dosing regime, was highly effective at shortening the duration of a cold. When we get an infection, our body’s immune system is compromised….so your treatment should also include rest, relaxation and lots of fluids, even in winter.

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Menopause is a natural process…..apparently. Menopause comes with an array of unpleasant symptoms which may persist for many years. Most of these symptoms, hot flushes, poor sleep, mood changes. weight gain and slow metabolism, have been attributed to the ovaries reducing the production of oestrogen. The aim of this study is to trial herbal medicines for reducing the symptoms and to gain a better understanding of the role of progesterone, oestrogen and testosterone so that we can tailor solutions to get through menopause.