Osteoarthritis that painful condition when joint cartilage wears away and rubs against bone. Osteoarthritis affects nearly 27 million Americans today. It is painful, disabling and hinders quality of life. There are dozens of treatments out there that claim to help. However, here are some natural treatments in which science has noted to be effective in decreasing pain and helping bring normality back into your life.
Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best solutions by far. For every pound lost four pounds of pressure is taken off your knees. Dr. Roy Altman, rheumatologist and professor of medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, notes that some people witness their symptoms vanishing after losing ten or twenty pounds.
Physical activity is vital in everyone’s life but those with osteoarthritis it is essential. Walk around your house, swim a few laps or jog just down the street and back, anything helps
Exercise programs should include aerobic exercises, strengthening exercises and swimming or biking
Several studies have indicated that acupuncture treatments can aide some people to relieve pain and disability. Several trials have noted it’s effectiveness for osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis just like rheumatoid arthritis involves one or more joints. The difference being osteoarthritis is not commonly found in the joints of the wrist, elbows, shoulder or jaw.
However, osteoarthritis is linked to back pain due to the fact it can affect cartilage in the discs which forms cushions between the bones of the spine, the moving joints of the spine or both. Patients experience pain, muscle spasms and decreased mobility. Nerves can become rubbed or pinched and produce tingling or burning. Advanced cases can cause weakness in the muscles and numbness. When osteoarthritis occurs in the back it can affect the hips, legs, feet or in the neck.
Chiropractic treatments administered after a complete examination and detailed history will use specific adjustments geared toward the individual patient. The adjustments improve flexibility and motion in the joints. The increased functioning improves functioning of the joint and the surrounding soft tissues while at the same time decreases pain, stiffness, grinding noises all of which are linked to the disease.
There has been some proof that glucosamine does relieve pain from arthritis and the kind of glucosamine does make a difference.
Glucosamine sulfate is the one noted to be beneficial. There is a good amount of science to substantiate it. Glucosamine sulfate taken at 1,500 mg a day is recommended. It absorbs better in the body when the dose is not cut.
Rose hips and concentrated ginger could be beneficial there is some evidence to support their use.
Does provide relief for arthritis pain and is over-the-counter. Yes, back to the chili peppers and where their heat comes from.
There is still no real knowledge as why it works. One note theory is the cream relieves pain by diminishing the nerve endings of pain-impulse-transmitting chemicals referred to as substance P and calcitonin gene related protein.
Electrical energy can aide in easing pain and swelling in the joints. Tens units are also a treatment which can be received through a chiropractor.
Acupuncturists can also used this method in electroacupuncture. The needles are attached to electrodes to deliver the electric charge through the needles.
There has been some evidence that notes this method at times provide temporary relief of pain and ease stiffness in the joints.
Your own knowledge can be greatly significant in battling osteoarthritis. It is vital to under what it is and what your own limits are.
Information can be found at
The Arthritis Foundation
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
These are just four sources. If you go natural and want advice from practitioners in that field a chiropractor or acupuncturist can be a wealth of information.
Chiropractors and acupuncturists can be helpful in advice on herbs, supplements, nutrition and exercises. Sources:
Towne Center Chiropractic