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Can radiation therapy work for arthritis?

I am having a lot of pain in my knees due to arthritis. Can radiation therapy work for alleviating my symptoms?

8 Answers

No! Oral Anti Inflammatory medications (Ibuprofen, Naproxen or Aspirin) are the primary treatment providing you don't have ulcers. Anti inflammatory injections directly into the joint space are the next step.
No. Suggest hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
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Radiation can cause many bad effects and should not be used for arthritis.
Radiotherapy for RA has been recently evaluated and appears to be useful in resistant cases that do not respond to DMARDS. Here is a useful summary:


Dear patient,

I have not heard about radiation therapy used for arthritis, although I must say I am a diagnostic radiologist who reads CTs, MRIs, plain films, etc. I do not do radiation therapy, which is practiced by radiation oncologists.

From a holistic medicine standpoint, I did not use pain pills when I broke and dislocated my foot (Lisfranc fracture requiring surgery, cast, 3 months in bed, 3.5 months of physical therapy). I ate 1 tablespoon of extra virgin organic coconut oil with food every 8 hours, which worked like a charm to decrease the pain so I can do physical therapy exercises. The brand is "Garden of Life" and you can buy it online at It comes in a glass jar. Do not buy coconut oil that comes in plastic jar, because plastic leaches toxins out, especially when in contact with oil. Coconut oil is a wonderful substance. Bruce Fife ND has a book on about coconut oil and arthritis: "The New Arthritis Cure: Eliminate Arthritis and Fibromyalgia Permanently, 2012 Kindle edition. Buy it and read it. Being on a vegan organic diet will also reduce inflammation. If you don't believe in all this, forgive my info and advice. I am just sharing what I do for myself, not what traditional textbook medicine teaches.