Arthritis; Copper Sleeve; Pain Relief

Question

Do copper sleeves truly work for arthritis pain?

Answer

Here is an interesting fact about copper—People used to take things like pennies made out of copper and tape them to the joints, and it would give them some relief.

Copper will be absorbed through the skin in a sufficient enough dosage to act as an anti-inflammatory. So the answer is yes.

Unfortunately, there is not much real metallic copper in pennies anymore, so you cannot tape whatever you want to your skin and expect results, unless it happens to be an old penny. Old wheat cents are useful for this.

The copper sleeve does very much the same thing. There are people out there that swear by them. They’re expensive, but I think a wheat cent would do the same thing.

What I have people do when I think they are copper deficient, is advise them to use 1 to 2 milligrams of chelated copper. It is very inexpensive. You could treat somebody for 5 or 6 years for what they charge for those copper sleeves. If you want to try a copper sleeve, it could work, but taking it orally does the same thing for less money.

David S Klein, MD

David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM was born in Washington, DC, and was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology.

Medical School was completed at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, followed by Internship in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina and Residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr Klein has been practicing medicine since 1983, concentrating in Pain Medicine, Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery, and Neuroendocrinology. Earning Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Dr. Klein was elected Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiology, and he was elected Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine.

He has focused his private practice on treating patients with hormone imbalance issues, nutritional deficiency related medical problems as well as pain related issues and impairment. With a highly-complex, CLIA licensed laboratory in-house, he has been able to provide rapid-turn around analysis efficiently and cost-effectively.
Lecturing extensively nationally as well as internationally, Dr. Klein has authored many articles on topics relating to pain, injury and nutritionally modulated illness. His radio show, “Pain Free Living,” received top ratings during the 6 years it was on the air. Currently practicing in Longwood, Florida, Dr. Klein practices entirely in the office setting.

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