Conventional Western medicine has no cure for osteoarthritis and typically will treat it with acetaminophen, NSAIDs, pain medications and sometimes even antidepressants. Despite the fact that the first two options are easy to find, they’re far from safe. Acetaminophen is the number-one reason for acute liver failure in the U.S. NSAIDs, which includes aspirin, Motrin and Advil, can put you at risk for stomach problems and GI bleeding, as a well as kidney and liver disease. Some antidepressants carry a black box warning for suicidal thinking, along with cautions for liver failure, abnormal bleeding and seizures. Obviously, these drugs do not repair the damaged tissue or joints and may only provide temporary pain control.
At the Magaziner Center for Wellness, rather than simply prescribing medication to mask the symptoms of osteoarthritis, we take a holistic approach, extensively testing each of our patients to determine all causes and contributing factors, and testing blood and urine to get a fuller picture. The options we offer include prolotherapy, platelet-rich plasma and regenerative therapies, designed to repair the joint rather than simply suppressing the symptoms while the joint continues to degrade. These therapies have enabled us to successfully treat patients for whom conventional therapies did not work, as well as those who don’t want the risk or side effects associated with long-term drug use. We also place emphasis on what one eats, food sensitivities which can contribute to inflammation and nutrient imbalances which can all play a role in osteoarthritis.