4 Drug-free, Surgery-free Remedies for Baby Boomers’ Aging Joints

If you’ve reached the conclusion that painful joints are just part of aging, you may want to reconsider. Here at the Osteopathic Center for Healing, Dr. Spiegel offers several treatments that don’t involve drugs or surgery that can help baby boomers enjoy less painful days.

Massage therapy

You may think that massage is just for relaxing, and it is certainly a good way to treat tension  and manage stress. But there’s more to massage than relaxation.

Massage includes a variety of techniques that have been studied for use in numerous medical conditions. For example, the Arthritis Foundation suggests that there are several types of massage appropriate for easing joint pain.

Trigger point therapy and myofascial release are two specific types of massage that have been effectively used to ease joint pain. Massage techniques that focus on the soft tissue surrounding your joints, such as the ligaments and tendons that connect the structures of your joints, are often successful in relieving joint pain.

Stem cell therapy

Stem cell therapy has been used to treat so-called wear-and-tear joint damage, particularly in the knee, for the last 5-6 years. Many patients have found relief with the treatments.

If stem cell therapy is an appropriate treatment for you, Dr. Spiegel is likely to take stem cells from some other part of your body. Bone marrow and fat tissue are common sources of stem cells.

Researchers aren’t sure exactly why stem cell therapy works. However, since the stem cells are extracted from your own body, there’s little chance that you’ll have a negative reaction to them. The stem cells may have some effect on the other cells in your painful joint that lessens inflammation, or the stem cells may actually cause your cartilage to regenerate.

Osteopathic manipulation

Osteopathic manipulation involves Dr. Spiegel using his hands to move your muscles and joints, as well as to apply gentle pressure and to learn more about your range of motion. Osteopathic manipulation improves circulation and gives Dr. Spiegel more information about why your joints are painful.

Acupuncture

If you imagine that acupuncture is painful, you’re in for a surprise. Most people find the treatments relaxing, and more importantly, effective. Acupuncture is often a successful treatment for chronic pain -- pain that lasts more than six weeks -- like joint pain.

Acupuncture can reduce inflammation which is often part of the cause of joint pain. It also improves blood flow and helps you relax, both of which can help you have less pain.

Research into exactly why acupuncture works for joint pain is ongoing, but the risks of trying it are very low. You may have some slight soreness or bruising where the needles are placed, or you experience some muscle twitching or other mild effects during or after your treatment. However, if the treatment is successful, you’ll likely feel any such side effects are worth the lessened pain in your joints.

These four drug-free, surgery-free treatment options are just a small sampling of the kinds of treatments Dr. Spiegel offers that could help your aging joints. If you live around Rockville, Maryland, and find that joint pain is limiting your enjoyment of your day-to-day activities, book an appointment online or by phone and begin exploring your options.

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