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Discussion: Joint Medication

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May 16, 2007
DMac
Men's 60
185 posts
Joint Medication
The wear and tear is catching up with my knees and I am beginning to look into over the counter medications. Have you guys had any luck with a product in particular.
May 16, 2007
Michigan Vet
Men's 55
226 posts
Biofreeze works great. The only problem is you have to buy it on line. No stores carry it. You can get it in spray, gel or roll on. This is what all physical Therapist use.
May 16, 2007
stick8
1238 posts
DMac,
You may want to try ActiveOn. You can buy it in most drug stores, walmart, meijers, etc. I'm not sure what's in it but it works for me.
May 16, 2007
Bill in Sac
Men's 75
30 posts
DMac. Some of the players in Northern Cal are using a produt called Alpha Flex. It is made in Reno, Nev by Life Science Inc. They have contracted with CVS stores and SaveMart stores to carry the product, but that is a bit in the future. They make a capsule and a 'rub on cream'. If you contac Mel and Geri Pape at megpape@sbcglobal.net, they will sell you some.
If you want their phone #, email me and I will send it to you.
May 17, 2007
pete88
Men's 50
46 posts
DMac,
I've had some minor problems with knee and ankle aches. I started taking Osteo-Biflex, an over the counter pill that lubricates the joints. Seems like it worked for me. Played in the recent Vegas tournament, using a lot of the info that the guys have given me. Came away from the tournament with some minor soreness, but no pulls. Of all the info I received, your statement on running relaxed probably benefited me the most. I also like the full length compression pants. Thanks for the tips. Are you going to Reno? Who are you playing for? Maybe I'll see you there. Good luck. Pete
May 18, 2007
DMac
Men's 60
185 posts
Thanks for the info, guys. Due to the convenience of ready availability, I am going to give Osteo-Biflex a try. I'll let you know how it works.
Pete: I'm glad that my advice helped. My team, Over The Edge is supposed to be going to Reno, but job concerns will prevent me from joining them. I'll see you somewhere down the road.
May 21, 2007
the wood
1071 posts
DMAC:
I take the Osteo Biflex product as well. It's a glucosamine chondroiton combo but it could take 4-6 weeks to really become effective. You can also add additional glucosamine with MSP if the Bioflex doesn't do the whole job. My PT told me to take 1,500 mg/day (gluco). I buy mine @ WalMart and/or Costco as it can be pretty expensive otherwise.
A similar product to Osteo Biflex is Move Free... go for the triple strength variety. You can compare the labels as far as active ingredients. I've used both and they seem the same to me.
See you around...
Bob Woodroof
May 22, 2007
hoovedog
Men's 50
65 posts
Are there any Canadians on this site that have used Pennsaid ?http://www.nuvoresearch.com/products/pennsaid.asp It uses MSM as a Transcelluar Delivery with a Celebrex
like Anti Inflamatory direct to the spot of Osteoartritis, instead of orally thru the whole body.The FDA is still pending here in the U.S.
May 22, 2007
DMac
Men's 60
185 posts
Wood: Oh no! Does this mean I'm now gonna run like you. :) Thanks for the added info and it is good to see you back on this web-site. We were talking in Santa Barbara and everyone was afraid that a few jerks drove you off. Your input is always valued on ANY subject. Maybe they will like you more is you learn how to TEXT MESSAGE.
Now if we could only learn what happened to Einstein. He was actually using the word amnesty. No one mellows out that quickly naturally. I'm waiting for him to change his screen name to Randall McMurphy. :)
May 22, 2007
the wood
1071 posts
Dmac:
If you really wanted to run like me you wouldn't be concerned with joint Rx. Instead, you'd be eating more and drinking heavier.
I do believe that you'll be happy with either Move Free or Osteo Bi-Flex. I looked at the bottle this AM (Osteo Bi-Flex) and the add'l ingredient is MSM, not MSP as I had stated before. If you begin taking it now you should feel a difference by the time the Camp Pendleton tourney comes up... perhaps sooner. More fiber in your diet would also be a bonus for your knees. :-)
Thanks for the feedback... no one drove me off. I know that I had crossed the line and needed to back off on that issue.
:-)
Bob Woodroof
June 13, 2007
DMac
Men's 60
185 posts
I have been taking Osteo-Biflex for 4 weeks now and I can honestly say that the results have been significantly positive for me. The stuff is a bit pricey but it is definitely money well spent. Besides, when you have been using the same bat for four years like I have, you have spare cash to throw around. I also started using Biofreeze before I run in the morning and ice afterward and my knees hardly ever complain anymore. Thanks to all of you guys for your input.
June 13, 2007
4x4
Men's 65
590 posts
I too tried Osteo Bi-Flex due to reading this thread and am about 15-20 days into usage. I also noticed what seems like improvement. I did notice one thing that seemed odd at the start - about 4 days in my knees started aching and did for about a week then started feeling normal again. I hoped it was something good going on and maybe it was.

I had been using Triple Flex for about a year and that seems to have given some long term improvement but the OBF seems more potent.

As for rubbing on the knees I (we've) found the Phiten liquid titanium almost instantly takes away the discomfort. The we part on that is my wife. She has sciatica running down one leg and when it flares up it seems the Phiten liquid is the only thing that will give her some temporary relief and allow her so get some sleep time.

For once I agree with Gary19 in that ice on the knees afterward is a great and immediate help for pain and keep the swelling down.
June 13, 2007
hitt2
354 posts
Dmac try Blu- Emu. or Blu-goo It's great for joint relief. I've had knee problems for most of my life and this is trhe only product thats worked for me. I followed the direction and have used this before and after playing league and tournaments and on Mondays I feel fine and have litt to no discomfort. Before finding this product I felt like I was going to give up playing. However that was 8 years ago and now playing on a 50's= senior tournament team in Notrthern Ca. Give it a try you will enjoy the releif.
June 13, 2007
hitt2
354 posts
Dmac try Blu- Emu. or Blu-goo It's great for joint relief. I've had knee problems for most of my life and this is trhe only product thats worked for me. I followed the direction and have used this before and after playing league and tournaments and on Mondays I feel fine and have litt to no discomfort. Before finding this product I felt like I was going to give up playing. However that was 8 years ago and now playing on a 50's+ senior tournament team in Notrthern Ca. Give it a try you will enjoy the releif.
You can pick this up at Walgreen's or Wal-Mart
June 19, 2007
Cognac Lite
Men's 50
32 posts
DMac,

I had knee surgery back in 1999. On March 12th of this year, I had to visit my doctor because the pain in my knee was intolerable. He gave me a cortosone (sp) shot. Now, I have heard of the pain some have experienced taking the shot; however, I didn't suffer at all. Since, I have gone back to my surgeon monthly. Each time he asked whether I needed another. I didn't. He also perscribed a drug called Mobic. If you aren't against taking prescribed meds, perhaps you should look into it. I do take the Mobic daily. I do experience some pain after competition involving multiple games. After icing, I am good for the next day. I can now run and walk without suffering. By the way, I am not scheduled to see the doctor until September.

Mobic is a generic form of a another drug. For me, the cost is $4 per month. It's worth it for me. I don't mean to sound arrogant, but I am sure that my teammates are glad that there is something I can take.
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