Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones

Gerald W. Deas M.D., MPH | 8/22/2019, 4:36 p.m.
There is a gospel song that has been sung by many gospel groups titled “Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry ...
Dr. Gerald Deas

There is a gospel song that has been sung by many gospel groups titled “Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones.” It tells the story of how the prophet Ezekiel blew breath into despondent folks who 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 survive.

I am sure that those who survived in the Valley of Dry Bones would have experienced some painful knees when they began to walk. 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 up in a protective capsule called the bursa, a small sac of fibrous tissue that is lined with synovial membrane and filled with fluid. The fluid allows parts to move over one another to reduce friction. In the lubricating fluid is a lubricant called hyaluronic acid. Over the years, this substance decreases in amount and thus causes joint pain. This pain can occur in hips, knees, ankles, shoulders and hands.

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment for joint pain. The procedure is known as viscosupplementation. The painful joint is injected with a gel-like substance called hyaluronic acid. This treatment is not recommended for joints that are disfigured, caused by such ailments as rheumatoid and gouty arthritis. It is a procedure that takes place over a three-week period. However, this treatment does not take place without the help of aerobic exercise, weight loss, 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 will often reduce the use of analgesics such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen and corticosteroids such as prednisone. If any of these drugs are taken and you experience black, tarry stools, they should be discontinued immediately and reported to your physician, for this represents bleeding in the stomach.

If you are having pain in “dem bones” and all other medical treatments have failed, viscosupplementation may be sought by you from your physician. This treatment is not a cure-all, but it does give relief from pain.

I am sure, with pain relief, especially in the knees, you will be 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 it doesn’t, demand it!