“Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones,” is a well-known gospel song that tells the story of how the prophet Ezekiel blew breath into his despondent people when they were in the Valley of Dry Bones. The folks were so discouraged that they had given up. Ezekiel was able to get them up and out of a dreadful situation and therefore helped them to survive.
I am sure that those who survived in the Valley of Dry Bones experienced some painful knees when they got up and began to walk. In order for knees to move without pain in a righteous way, they must be lubricated. Well, the creator has taken care of those knees by wrapping them in a protective capsule called the bursa.
The bursa is a small sac of fibrous tissue lined with synovial membrane and filled with fluid. This fluid contains a lubricant called hyaluronic acid that reduces friction and allows parts to move over one another easily. Over the years, as we grow older, this substance decreases and we begin to feel joint pain. This pain can occur in hips, knees, ankles, shoulders, and hands.
Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new treatment for joint pain. The procedure is known as viscosupplementation. The painful joint is injected with hyaluronic acid. This treatment is not recommended for people whose joints are disfigured by rheumatoid and gouty arthritis. The procedure takes place over a three-week period; however, it should not take place without the help of aerobic exercise, weight loss and good nutrition, excluding red meats and adding fish with a high concentration of omega 3 oils such as salmon, tuna, sardines and trout.
This treatment often reduces the need to use analgesics such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen and corticosteroids such as prednisone. If you are taking any of these drugs and you experience black, tarry stools, discontinue them immediately and report it to your physician, because this indicates bleeding in the stomach.
If you are having pain in “dem bones,” and other medical treatments have failed, viscosupplementation may be right for you. Discuss it with your physician. This treatment is not a cure-all but does give relief from pain.
I am sure, with pain relief, especially in the knees, you will be better able to do a waltz, ballroom dancing and painless electric slides. Furthermore, please stay off your knees. I hope your medical insurance will pay for this treatment and if they don’t demand it!
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