Alternative therapies

I was diagnosed with OA in my hip in March (X ray confirmed this). I later had an MRI in July, which confirmed that it was severe OA. I have been on Naproxen daily since February, but had a quick break in the summer as I was worried about the effects of Naproxen. As I found it difficult to walk far without the Naproxen, I am now back on it, but now only one tablet per day. During the summer, I discovered PEMF (Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field) Therapy. My GP was against this until I told her that it has really helped me. I was lucky as I found this by chance (very close to where I live). The only downside is that it is expensive (£50 for 30 minutes). At the beginning, I went twice a week, then weekly and I am now able to go fortnightly. I was very sceptical about this treatment, but I can only say how it has made me feel. I saw the NHS physiotherapist last week, who again, was not in favour of this treatment, but was unable to explain why. She has now finally referred me to a consultant to put me forward for a new hip. I wondered if anyone else has found any alternative therapies that help to manage the pain whilst they are waiting for their op?


  • Loggiemod
    Loggiemod Member Posts: 199

    Hi @Manningj have a look at the following

    There is also other stuff on teh Versus Arthritis website if you search under "hip"

  • Wooddavd
    Wooddavd Member Posts: 2

    I've tried acupuncture which I find improves things. Much like PEMF it costs £50 per session and took 5 or 6 sessions to really improve things.

    Like you I don't like to continue taking naproxen but it definitely helps. I'm currently trying to go without but struggling a bit without it.

  • Poppyjane
    Poppyjane Moderator Posts: 673

    Hello @Wooddavd welcome to the online community

    It is great to see a first time visitor replying with some advice to another member. Thank you for your input and I am pleased that acupuncture works for you. Since we are all unique it is sometimes a question of trial and error to find out which medication and therapy provides us with the greatest benefit.

    I see that you are trying to do without naproxen and at times are finding it a struggle. Have you discussed this with your GP or local Pharmacist, they may be able to suggest an alternative.

    I attach some links which I hope you will find helpful.

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  • Manningj
    Manningj Member Posts: 13

    Hello @Wooddavd

    Thank you. That is always good to know. I would definitely try acupuncture.

    I've managed to get down to half dose Naproxen (just one tablet in the morning), but on bad days, I have to take one before bed too.

    I hope you start to feel a bit more pain free soon!