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I find GPs have been of no help. Each and every can only suggest physiotherapy and harmful pain killing drugs.
Are there any GPs who actually have osteoarthritis? I think that those who have may have a better understanding of what patients are trying to explain as well as current research. I am fed up with the terms "wear and tear" and "progressive untreatable condition",
It is duty for physicians to keep knowledge updated and continuous referrals to outdated medical text books are of no use. Research indicates that Osteoarthritis is an autoimmune condition, perhaps even systemic, and the inflammatory response is the cause of cartilage catabolism.
Will whole joint replacement be necessary if there is earlier physiological intervention to stop progression and even reverse the condition ?
In more than 3 years of non treatment or ineffective treatment I observe nothing knew in NHS treatment of osteoarthritis.
Time to rethink osteoarthritis?