Knee Discomfort? Try Other Treatments Before Surgery

Each year, Americans make nearly 20 million visits to their doctors for knee problems. In fact, its the most common reason for visiting an orthopaedist. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, more than 500,000 knee replacements are performed annually in the United States. An arthritic knee can cause tremendous pain and limitations in day-to-day living. But knee pain and replacement surgery are not inevitable. There are steps you can take-from lifestyle modifications to exercise to less-invasive forms of surgery-to protect your knees. All this attention to the knee comes as no surprise to George Balis, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon at Cleveland Clinic. "There are multiple factors predisposing the knee to arthritis, including genetics, obesity, and the peculiar biomechanics of the knee," he says.

Acupuncture Gains Favor for Arthritis

Forty years ago, few people in the U.S. knew anything, about acupuncture, the centuries-old Chinese system of health care that aims to prevent or cure certain physical disorders by placing needles into specific points on a patients body. Today there are well over 10,000 licensed acupuncturists in the U.S. and more than 3,000 physicians who apply the technique to millions of Americans annually, a great number of which are suffering from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other types of disabling arthritic conditions.

Hypnosis Can Help Manage Pain

Upon hearing the word "hypnosis," most people think of someone who can make an audience flap their arms, give up their wallets, or hug their friends.

Can Aromatherapy Relieve Pain?

The scent of lavender in bloom, the smell of freshly cut green apples, or a brewing cup of chamomile tea are among the aromas that elicit feelings of comfort and relaxation in many of us.

Surgery Isn’t Your Only Option

Before opting for joint replacement, consider the alternatives--and there are many.

When Getting Up Gets You Down

Spinal stenosis, a frequent result of osteoarthritis, can make walking and standing painful. But there are plenty of treatments that can help.

Magnets, Copper, And Arthritis

Despite a lack of evidence, millions of Americans are convinced that copper bracelets and therapeutic magnets relieve pain.

Pain Relief Beyond Pills

Not all pain-killers come in a bottle. Other options may be just as effective-and expose you to less risk.

Acupuncture May Help Your Pain

An ancient approach to pain relief is rapidly gaining popularity.

Alternative Paths To Pain Relief

Evidence for CAM therapy is hit-or-miss. A few treatments have growing clinical support, but most may be a waste of time and money.

Alternative Therapies: Help Or Hype?

When you suffer from arthritis, and conventional therapies provide only modest pain relief and little hope of a cure, it's not surprising if you want to seek alternative treatments. Youre not alone. One study indicates that nearly 94 percent of arthritis patients will try an alternative treatment at least once. More revealing, Americans spend nearly $27 million each year on miracle cures for arthritis. …

Massage: It Feels Good, But Is It Good For You?

Theres one thing about which every arthritis patient who has had therapeutic massage-the manual manipulation of soft tissues-agrees. It feels good. Massage provides a nurturing touch that allows the arthritis patient to feel comforted. Its a therapy that reduces a persons level of stress, says Karen Fink, a massage therapist who serves as Massage Committee chairperson for The Cleveland Clinic Center for Integrative Medicine. …