Ideas for Osteoarthritis Sufferers
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Ideas for Osteoarthritis Sufferers

Injuries from sports and obesity makes this even worse. If your parents had this you probably will too.

Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis where cartilage breaks down in the joints. It is the most common type of arthritis in America and effects 27 million over age 24.  Before age 45 it is more common in men and after age 45 it is more common in women.

Injuries from sports and obesity makes this even worse. If your parents had this you probably will too.

Pay attention to early warnings of joints swelling, pain, and stiffness. Your doctor can take fluid from the bursa, or fluid-filled sacks, between the joints and that way rule out a possible infection. .

Many foods help relieve the inflammation. Add more sulfur to your diet by eating eggs, garlic and asparagus. Eat a half cut of fresh pineapple that has bromelain in it, the inflammation-fighting enzyme. Spices also help the pain. Garnish your dishes with ginger, garlic, rosemary, oregano and turmeric. Dark berries such as blueberries and red vegetables such as red peppers contain antioxidants that will also decrease inflammation. Six to eight ounce servings five times a week of the Omega-3 containing sardines, tilapia  or anchovies are very powerful. Also available in tablets or capsule for those that can't eat seafood. Research is unclear but a natural remedy such as chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine has been reported to improve symptoms.

Exercising regularly is very important but start slowly and work up to 30 minutes a day. Walking is great exercise. Use well cushioned shoes and walk on grass or dirt, not hard surfaces. A stationary bike will reduce joint wear and tear. And doing low-impact aerobics like swimming, elliptical training or cycling will keep the muscles around the joints strong and flexible which prevents pain.

Stretching after muscles have warmed up is the best time to stretch muscles and tendons. Don't do it before you warm up or injury can be much more likely.

Setting for long periods only exacerbates pain and stiffness. Get up and walk around periodically. Yoga is a excellent choice to limber muscles and helps with better functioning.

After a workout use alternating hot and ice packs to relieve discomfort. Heat can be applied by using hot packs, warm towels or warm showers or bathes. A 10-15 minute Epson salt baths also relaxes muscles. This will increase blood flow and ease stiffness and pain. Bags of frozen vegetables or a cold pack can relieve pain or numb the sore area.

There are several different types of pain relievers. The first medication doctors usually recommend is Acetaminiphen(Tylenol). Then there are NSAIDS(notsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and naproxen sodium. They work by blocking prostaglandins, a hormonal substance which contribute to pain. However each of these is a different formula and has a different effect on the body. Some are available over the counter while another subclass called COX-2 inhibitors are only available with a prescription. There are also topical medications which can be applied directly to the skin over the painful joint. And there are viscosupplements which are injected into the joint and only approved for osteoarthritis of the knee. Corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatory hormones that may be injected also and are for the short term.

Other types of treatments to consider are massages, acupunture or TENS which is Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation.

Keeping extra weight off helps prevent inflammation and pain. Smoking damages joints. Researchers believe that smoking slows cartilage cell production and raises the levels of blood toxins which leads to cartilage loss.

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Thanks Eve for this informative article