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Joint Pain and Osteoarthritis

One of the most common physical conditions that produces symptoms of joint pain is osteoarthritis. This condition is the deterioration of a specific joint or joints through wear and tear over time. This pain is a message from the body that the cartilage that separates the bones of a joint is breaking down, allowing the bones to come into contact, with the joints at knee, hip, shoulder or other area becoming stiff and painful.

Joint pain

Joint pain can be the result of various forms of arthritis, injury, or overuse. Repetitive injuries such as tennis elbow can be a source of pain and discomfort for many patients age 50 and older. Acute pain related to an injury may require specialized regenerative treatments to help restore healthy function.

Joint pain and quality of life

Joint pain is common, most commonly affecting the weight-bearing joints in the lower body such as the hips and knees. These joints receive the greatest impact in daily life, or in activities such as running or skiing. Areas that can be affected by joint pain include:

  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Shoulders
  • Elbows
  • Hands
  • Ankles
  • Spine

Is my pain osteoarthritis?

Your pain may be due to osteoarthritis if the source of your pain is the result of deterioration of the cartilage in the affected joint. Osteoarthritis can be diagnosed by:

  • Reviewing your medical history
  • Undergoing a physical examination
  • Testing such as an MRI or X-ray of the affected joints
  • Examining the body for the presence of inflamed, swollen, and tender joints
  • Patient reporting symptoms such as restricted movement, pain, or weakness in specific joints
  • Identifying the presence of bony growths in the affected area

You may be asked to perform a series of motions with the affected joint or joints so that the joint itself can be assessed in a physical examination. The presence of restricted motion and pain in the joint can be an indicator of the development of osteoarthritis.

Joint Pain and Osteoarthritis — Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of pain does osteoarthritis cause?

Osteoarthritis can cause sharp, acute pains or as dull, or aching pains. This depends on the condition of the joint, the severity of the arthritis, and your activity level. Some people may find performing motions or exercise to induce pain, or pain may set in afterwards. Some people may feel pain when they are inactive, or they may feel stiff, especially first thing in the morning or after sitting for long periods of time.

What are the early signs of osteoarthritis?

Early signs of osteoarthritis include:

  • Stiffness or inflexibility of the joints
  • Pain in the joints during or after exercise
  • Swelling or tenderness
  • Inflammation

Is there a difference between arthritis and osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis. Arthritis is defined simply as the pain or inflammation of the joints. The cause of the pain or inflammation is how a case of arthritis will be categorized more specifically as osteoarthritis, a condition related to overuse and deterioration of a joint. This can be compared with rheumatoid arthritis, which is arthritis caused by the body’s autoimmune response.

Does osteoarthritis cause constant pain?

Not necessarily. Depending on the severity of the deterioration, pain may subside during periods of rest, and then return during periods of activity.

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Covid19 and Your Immune System – A special message from Our Founder, Dr. Anju Mathur

Update March, 22nd:

We remain open to provide crucial services to all our patients and we are welcoming new patients.

Our most important goal is to remain healthy and maintain or build a strong immune system. In an effort to do so, we researched and have found a special test to analyze the overall state of health of your immune system.

A healthy immune system is the only thing that will either keep you from getting Covid19 or if you do contract it, keep the symptoms as mild as possible and the recovery as quick as possible. Because of this, we want to provide the opportunity for you to come in and have the overall health of your immune system tested.

If you are interested in this new blood test to find out what the overall state of your immune system is like, you should contact us right away and make an appointment.

We have negotiated some very special pricing on this test and are including your test and report of findings consultation with Dr. Anju Mathur along with her recommendations to maintain your overall immune health for only $199.

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Our doctor has also prepared a special message for you:

Update March, 16th:

In recent weeks we have all seen the news about the Coronavirus and even worse, we have seen blatantly threatening news reports, and our friends and family scared out of their wits.

I urge you not to panic. If you are not sure what to do, contact us and we will help you.

Coronavirus is real, but for healthy people it is not a death sentence. The mortality rate is only relatively high in immune compromised people or with other medical issues. Per Dr. SHIVA Ayyadurai, MIT PhD, “Viruses are NOT what kill & harm us (trillions of them in & around us) - rather the over-reaction of a weak & dysfunctional immune system caused by “underlying pre-existing conditions””… “CDCgov can bring CoronaVirus to its knees fast & stop deaths of seniors & immunocompromised by AT LEAST EQUAL emphasis- NOW - on specific foods & supplements to STRENGTHEN our Immune Systems.”

The best and right thing to do is to build up your immune system to be more resistant. In addition to high dose vitamin C, major autohemotherapy, and ultraviolet blood irradiation intravenous therapy, we are putting together our anti-viral supplement package for you. Call us for details.

Until then, we recommend you use very good hygiene practices:

  1. Wash your hands for 40 seconds with soap and hot water.
  2. Wear a mask if you are sick, coughing or sneezing, or have mucus. (Change mask every day).
  3. Wipe down your phone and doorknobs.
  4. Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, mouth).
  5. Use chemical-free anti-bacterial sprays and wipes (you can use essential oils, apple cider vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide)

Also, I want to share a wonderful anti-viral tea recipe:

Anti Viral TEA Recipe by Dr Mathur


  1. Fresh Grated Ginger-3 Tablespoons
  2. black whole kernels peppercorns- 20-30 pieces
  3. Cinnamon Stick- 1
  4. Black Cloves- 5-8.

Place all of the above ingredients in 3 cups of water and then boil for 20-30 minutes until the water turns black. Then strain it and drink it with some coconut or Almond milk and palm sugar or stevia.

Remember, these symptoms are treatable. You do not have to freak out. Be smart, keep your immune system healthy.

If you do contract the virus, let us know. Don’t panic, we are here for you.

Find facts instead of hysteria here.

John Hopkins reports 70,000 people have recovered worldwide.


Highest percentage of deaths are from immunocompromised patients and patients over 80 years old.

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