Osteoarthritis and Joint Health

by Michael Russell - Date: 2007-05-01 - Word Count: 562 Share This!

Just the sound of Osteoarthritis makes you want to cry out in discomfort and pain. According to National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disease Osteoarthritis is the most common form of inflammatory disease and the number one disability in the USA. The condition affects, more than one in five adults and the predictions are to get worse. The number of adults with arthritis by the year 2030 will be almost 70 million (cited by the Centers for Disease Control) and women suffer osteoarthritis more often than men.

While the condition mostly affects older people it can strike even those as young as in their 20s. Everyone could be a candidate regardless of age, gender or race; and experience the pain, stiffness and daily suffering that come with this affliction. However, having osteoarthritis doesn't necessarily mean that nothing can be done about it. Diagnosing the condition can be the starting point to finding and adopting ways to improve quality of life.

There are several factors that can contribute to the health of the joints that are not difficult to follow and anyone, anywhere at any time can use them.

Loose extra kilos/pounds - for every extra kilo/pound a person gains, it increases eight times the pressure applied on weight bearing joints such as the knees. A health care professional can determine your personal correct weight range and give advice on a lifestyle program.

Balance your diet - a balanced and nutrient rich diet contributes to healthy joints. As a rule the more color, the more nutrient rich is your diet. A balanced diet plan that is realistic to your individual needs and goals helps you to obtain success.

Options - knowing what options you have got can help you to create a plan that's right for you. With the help of your health care provider, you can find out what works best for your individual case. Your options can range from natural options, non-drug to prescription therapies.

Walk and exercise - exercise such as simply walking for 30 minutes and stretching (Hatha Yoga) are ideal for people that suffer with osteoarthritis. Water exercise is another good way to build muscle without applying strain on the joints.

Warm baths - warm baths, especially with the addition of some Epsom salts, can relax the muscles and aid aching joints.

Massage - getting a regular, firm - but the same time gentle - massage can help to relax the muscles, increase body flexibility and boost your energy levels.

While there is no known cure for osteoarthritis, several non prescription products on the market are known to work in easing symptoms and improve joint health.

Glucosamine - this is a natural product known to help improve symptoms of osteoarthritis and delay its progression.

Kaprex - a new plant-derived supplement that quickly and effectively relieves pain and inflammation without side effects.

Chondroitin - research indicates that supplemental Chondroitin Sulfate may help maintain proper joint function.

Pomegranate - extracts from this fruit can block enzymes responsible in contributing to osteoarthritis (from a study conducted by the Western Reserve University School of Medicine).

SAMe - (S-adenosylmethionine) can relieve symptoms of arthritis.

Magnesium - helps keep calcium in balance within the body and synthesize certain factors contained in synovial fluid.

Leading arthritis research has confirmed that the use of some alternative remedies for the treatment of osteoarthritis may in fact work, but others need more evidence for such a claim. A degenerative condition like osteoarthritis is a challenge not only to the person suffering, but also to the health care providers.

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