Hi alfaragalli - I'm sorry that I didn't see this sooner. I wanted to make a comment here and an important distinction regarding OA. There are different types of OA but more importantly, OA doesn't always mean active inflammation of the joint. You can have OA and it not be inflammatory. To be clinically correct, if there is an active inflammation of the joint it is referred to as osteoarthritis... if there is no active inflammation, the condition is referred to as osteoarthrosis. "itis" means inflammation of some nature and "osis" means not active. Plus, the NSAIDS have more side effects associated with them actually than narcotics. Can you believe that one? But it is true. I would even venture to say that one of the reasons NSAIDS do not always work is due to a non-inflamed joint but still painful from overuse. I have copied the following information to be factually correct. For me, I have not found one NSAID that gives me even marginal relief.
I found this information from the Mayo Clinic... kind of short, sweet and to the point:
"Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
NSAIDs reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Over-the-counter NSAIDs include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) and naproxen (Aleve, others). Stronger NSAIDs are available by prescription. NSAIDs can cause stomach upset, ringing in your ears, cardiovascular problems, bleeding problems, and liver and kidney damage. Older people are at highest risk of complications.
These types of prescription medication typically contain ingredients similar to codeine and may provide relief from more severe osteoarthritis pain. These stronger medications carry a risk of dependence, though that risk is thought to be small in people who have severe pain. Side effects may include nausea, constipation and sleepiness."
I do rely on narcotics for relief and to help keep me active, functioning and productive in my life. I think your mom can still benefit from physical therapy, aquatherapy which is most beneficial in a warm, therapeutic environment or at least a warm pool. Rest always helps when one is overwhelmed and plain old tuckered out. I do not know of any one natural remedy however, I do still consult with a chiropractic who specializes in kinesiology and homeopathic supplements. I do not want to name those because they are prescribed to me specifically for what is going on at the time of the visit. I do take a lot of supplements. I would say that combined all of the supplements, physical therapy, rest, hydration, walking, aquatherapy, medication and the use of heat and cold therapy help me. You mom needs to be evaluated and assisted to help her decide what methods will work best for her. Every "body" is different, my friend. I do hope she gets her mobility back and is more able to enjoy the day-to-day stuff. You sound like a very nice, caring person who only wants whats best for mom! Take good care and I am glad she has you to help her. By the way, I will be 58 next month. I can relate to your mom's condition and being still young in life. At least that is how I feel about my life... still young enough to care and having the desire to still get out there and enjoy it.