Arthritis? Keep docs away from your knees

If you had $26,000 to spend, would you choose to kick back and relax on a luxury cruise around the world... or be laid up for weeks after surgery?

Well, my friend, I'm here to tell you to take the cruise, even if your doc tells you to go under the knife -- because at least you'll feel better after a vacation!

I know when you're in pain and you can't put any pressure on your knee because of arthritis, the idea of replacing it sounds like a good one. And I know that your doc will make all sorts of promises to you about how you'll improve after surgery.

But as a recent study published in BMJ shows, replacing your knee won't help ease the pain and suffering of everyday arthritis.

The study followed nearly 4,500 patients with arthritis for nine years after their knee replacement surgeries. Their average age of the people in the study was 61.

The results were SO bad that the researchers concluded that replacing your knee will have "MINIMAL effects" on your quality of life.

And unless your knee is literally crumbling under the weight of your body, replacing it is "economically unjustifiable."

While the results showed there was some improvement in pain, stiffness, and movement during day-to-day activities, it only had an effect on the people with severe degenerative osteoarthritis.

For those folks who didn't have significant deterioration, there were no real gains at all.

Yet, more than 640,000 knees are replaced each year in the United States -- and that number continues to go up as docs offer the surgery to more and more folks with less and less severe symptoms.

Think that so-called "keyhole" surgery (a.k.a. arthroscopic) is any better? The latest study on that shows that knee patients actually felt better after FAKE surgery than they did after the real thing!

It's so ineffective that even the mainstream has removed it from their recommendations. But that may not stop your doc from suggesting it.

As I've shared with you before, too many docs are rushing their patients into risky surgery (and drugs) instead of addressing the root causes of your joint damage instead.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and it occurs when the cartilage between your joints begins to break down.

The best way to rebuild cartilage is by taking a supplement of the dynamic duo, glucosamine and chondroitin, which you can find pretty affordably at your local health food store or online.

Glucosamine can increase blood sugar in some people, if you're diabetic, consult your doctor.

And don't forget to stay active. Think of your body like a classic car -- you've got to keep driving it in order to keep it running smoothly.

You'll have lots of options once you're on that cruise ship... from swimming to long walks along the deck at night.