There are a variety of natural treatments for Osteoarthritis. Here a a few good ones.
I treat numerous patients with osteoarthritis everyday. I can tell you truthfully that no one wants to jump quickly into having a knee replacement, but they do want to remain active and play the sports that they love, run with their children/grandchildren, and go on walking adventures. I was reading an article in Orthopedics Today on “Multidisciplinary Options for the Management of Osteoarthritis” and wanted to discuss some key features of the article.
Osteoarthritis is the leading debilitating condition among adults in the United States. It can be caused simply by genetics or by a previous joint injury or physically stressful occupations. Twenty-seven MILLION people in the United States suffer from pain with osteoarthritis.
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Glucosamine Chondroitin Sulfate is an oral dietary supplement that has been shown to decreased symptoms in osteoarthritis. It potentially may take a couple months to start working. It is a natural supplement that can decrease joint stiffness and pain. The success rate is about 70% in patients taking this.
Turmeric/Curcumin is a spice found in curry powders with anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used in traditional Hindu medicine to diminish joint pain. It is in the early stages of showing potential to diminish symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Ginger contains chemicals that may reduce inflammation. Taking ginger extract was shown in a study to reduce knee arthritis pain after 3 months of treatment. And, one study showed that massage therapy using an oil containing ginger reduced knee pain.
Devil’s Claw/Harpagophytum procumbens is another natural supplement, which can help to reduce pain from osteoarthritis. This herb has a long tradition as an arthritis remedy. The plant is native to Africa and gets its name from the appearance of its fruit, which is covered, in hooks. It may allow patients to decreased their use of over the counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or Naprosyn.
Omega-3 fatty acids display anti-inflammatory properties and can improve symptoms of arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in walnuts, soybeans, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds and tofu. It is recommended to take flax seed oil 1-2 tbs daily.
The key with all supplements is to realize not one is the PANACEA of arthritis treatment and they may take weeks to months to display effectiveness. Now—go sign up for that ginger oil massage!!
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