IF there is pain and inflammation, consider:
You want to keep any inflammation down naturally if you can. There are natural anti-inflammatories. Which ones work for you varies from person to person. Boswellia/Boswellin is a good one, generally. Vitacost.com's store brand is top quality for the best price. Pancreatin is another. Start with one pill because it can irritate your system. Take it on an empty stomach and wait about twenty minutes to eat. Nature's Plus is the best brand. It is also available at Vitacost.com. Sasparilla is another. Nature's Way is one brand. I take four capsules at a time. Bromelain is another natural anti-inflammatory enzyme. Only Kal brand works. Take it on am empty stomach. Don't overdo because it can irritate your stomach. Start with one pill and work upward. You can take all of these pills together and I have.
Obviously, ice packs are another way of helping any inflammation. Menthol based ointments and liniments help dissipate any heat. York Zhou liniment is great but hard to find. There are plenty of them in any place that sells Chinese medicine as the drug store. Elevating the area is another technique. If you need to use an ace bandage for support of something like that, do it. If you need to use crutches or a wheelchair, do that. You can buy a wheelchair from Spin.com for about $200.00 delivered and use it at home if that helps. I'd recommend looking at the Guardian EasyCare 3000 lightweight collapsible model.
Increasing circulation safely through exercise can help, like, for instance, swimming. Eating well would help healing capacity. Try not to skip meals. Eating a steamed green vegetable everyday will help.
Obviously, there is physical therapy.
As far as supplements to help heal, MSM and Gelatin/Collagen come to kind. I would recommend taking plain powdered MSM dissolved in water on an empty stomach and waiting twenty minutes before eating or taking other supplements. If you can take a little vitamin C with it, that will help. Recommended brands are Source Naturals followed by Jarrow or UltraBotanicals.
I would recommend Type 2 collagen, specifically NeoCell Immucell type 2 capsules. That is the type of collagen recommended to rebuild joints. It is extracted from chicken cartilage. Even though it is in capsules, I would dissolve the whole thing in water, like in a clean empty pickle jar and leave it out on the counter for about eight hours stirring periodically to dissolve them in water. Store in the frig. Take on an empty stomach preferably with a little vitamin C. Wait twenty minutes to eat. Preferably take separate from the MSM. Vitacost seems to be the cheapest place to buy this supplement but they have poor indexing so you have to use the word "Immucell" to find it.
Many people here use Gelatin which is probably mostly types 1 and 3 collagen. This is probably extracted from pig and cow hides. You can try it if you want to. Great Lakes brand available at Amazon.com is popular. I would try the other one first, so you can compare.
Chin Koo Tieh Shang Wan is a Chinese Medicine that could help. Everyone is different so listen your body there. If it has too many negative side effects, look for another remedy. Shou Wu Chih is a Chinese tonic that might help. It isn't for everyone so if you have a feeling of pressure in your head or eyes, don't take it. I'd recommend HEI brand in the yellow box. I'd avoid Yang Cheng (?) in the orange box.
Black Dog Iron Hand Liniment is awesome but expensive.
If you are smoking, doing drugs or other things that run your health down, stop. Get enough rest and take care of yourself.
You want to help nourish the area, keep down any inflammation as naturally as possible, keep the area from getting strained, and direct blood and oxygen to that area. Then, hopefully the body will heal itself.
It may be there isn't one magic pill. It may help to be open to other solutions.
Edited by Luminosity, 06 December 2011 - 06:18 AM.