Far Infrared Treatments for Arthritis

It has been suggested that I start far infrared saunas for the treatment of arthritis. I have a lot of pain in my hands and need something to help me move my fingers without so much tightness and pain. I am on vioxx but that does not do a lot to help. I have tried celebrex but cannot tolerate that medication. What I need to know is if there is any value to far infrared saunas and what would be the side effects if any?

Camel Cartilage

On Garrison Keillor’s radio show last week, he mentioned his mother had arthroscopic knee surgery using material from camels that replaced her cartilage. Please advise who/where is doing this procedure and any other info you have about it.

Osteoarthritis of the hip

I am a 44 year old female and have been experiencing right hip pain since 2001. I excercise vigorously 6-7 hours per week alternating between spinning class, stationary bike and elyptical trainer. I also participate in strength training 2-3 times per week. My pain is persistent throughout the day worst with weight bearing activities such as climbing steps. I am currently taking ibuprophen 1800 mg per day and glucosamine condroitin with hilaronic acid which does not relieve the pain. The only time I am truly pain free is at rest. An orthopeodist performed a plain film diagnosing me with arthritis, recommended that I continue my current activity and prescribed Peroxicam 20mg a day – I took this for a month and found it to not help at all. My question is regarding my current activity. Literature supports excercise but could I be doing more harm than good? Have I been diagnosed accurately? I feel that I am extremely young to be having this much pain. Would appreciate your perspective and suggestions.