Understanding Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
With 50 million Americans diagnosed with arthritis, it is extremely important it is extremely important to understand the disease and the pain that this disease can bring.
Arthritis is a musculoskeletal disease which causes the joints to be inflamed, or swollen. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, arthritis comes in many forms. These include Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Lupus, and Fibromyalgia.
Osteoarthritis is often referred to as “wear and tear arthritis.” This name is due to the fact that it occurs when cartilage wears down.
This protective and flexible tissue found in the joints is meant to allow for normal function. It allows a soft gliding motion that protects the body against shocks. Osteoarthritis is generally considered an older person’s disease but it can affect younger people too. Additionally, those that suffer from this disease often have bone spurs.
According to The Arthritis & Glucosamine Information Center, “more than half of the population age 65 or older would show x-ray evidence of osteoarthritis in at least one joint.” They go on to state that “Before age 45, more men than women have osteoarthritis, whereas, after age 45, it is more common in women.”
Osteoarthritis Pain Management
Achieve, and maintain, your ideal weight in order to help alleviate pain caused by arthritis. According to researcher Stephen P. Messier, Ph.D. each pound of excess weight adds an extra four pounds of pressure. Additionally, Messier states that “The accumulated reduction in knee load for a 1-pound loss in weight would be more than 4,800 pounds per mile walked.”
With proper rest, hydration, diet, and exercise weight loss, and maintenance can be achieved.
Do not avoid exercise when dealing with arthritis. Include strength training and aerobics in your exercise routine and build up the muscles that support the knee. Do not go on any hard surface runs. Due to the fact that the pain of this disease is often experienced in this common joint, it is a good idea to hire a personal trainer to help determine which exercises are best.
A diet that includes plenty of water is of benefit for joint lubrication.
Foods of benefit include fruit, most vegetables, nuts, and flaxseed oil. Fish rich in Omega-3 Oils such as Wild Salmon, Atlantic Mackerel, and sardines are also of great benefit. Avoid Sugar, refined flour, nightshade vegetables, saturated fats and processed foods.
Glucosamine Sulfate (1500 mg), Vitamin E (600 IU), and Zinc (30 mg) may be helpful. B6 (50 mg), Copper (2mg), Boron (5 mg), flax oil (2 T) and S-Adenosylmethionine (SAM) (200 mg) are also good choices. Additionally, you may also like to consider fish oil, rose hips and ginger.
Essential oils, acupuncture, physical therapy, chiropractic and homeopathic medicine can all be considered in your arthritis treatment.
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