While prescription drugs for osteoarthritis are not exactly dinosaurs, they are definitely "legacy systems"..
It's not uncommon for a prescription drug to take 15 years to go through the lengthy clinical trials and FDA approval process before it's allowed to enter the market. By the time doctors are educated on it, the "new" drug can already be outdated.
We have entered a digital era. Just a few years ago everybody was using 56K+ modems.
Today, nearly half of American families have high speed Internet connections. Technology leaps forward. In many cases, supplements and alternative therapies have become the mainstream treatment measures against disease. And, to a large extent, some alternative therapies now represent the most current and most advanced treatment technologies.
Osteoarthritis Treatment - Where we were
Paracetamol, codeine and tramadol are pain relievers. COX-based anti-inflammatory medications are used in osteoarthritis to treat symptoms of stiffness. They are very good for controlling the stiffness associated with osteoarthritis, and have brought relief to osteoarthritis sufferers for decades — but at the cost of unwanted side effects, particularly on the stomach.
What about injections? The injection of a corticosteroid (e.g., methylprednisolone) into a joint can be a useful way to settle down an acute inflammatory flare of osteoarthritis. Local anesthetic is usually also injected. Although many osteoarthritis patients prefer this treatment, studies have not confirmed any long-term benefit. Another type of injection used for osteoarthritis is hyaluronan, a synthetic joint fluid typically administered in three injections spaced one week apart. Studies suggest that benefits may last about eight months, but many doctors remain skeptical.