Arthritis: Pain Management

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By Dr. Sender Deutsch
Published on April 10, 2013

Arthritis is a condition that doctors and therapist often use with patients to describe painful and swollen joints. However, since it is associated with disease, “arthritis” is a word that can result in fear and increased anxiety for patients.  This is not a false association, as arthritis is in fact wear and tear which is associated with the aging process.  There are many natural arthritis treatments which will reduce pain and ongoing inflammation.  Remember pain can be psychological.  We must train our bodies to move without painful stimuli.

Living with arthritis

Research has shown time and time again that there is no link between arthritic/degenerative changes on imaging studies (x-ray, MRI, etc.) and pain levels.  Patients must be treated and not films.  Only in severe cases of arthritis – where the joint is significantly eroding and degenerating – is surgery warranted.

There are many factors that contribute to one’s pain level associated with arthritis or wear and tear. Staying active is key, as motion is lotion! To mitigate our joints from experiencing pain, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

In Managing Arthritis, Be Sure To:

  • Keep body weight and fat levels in check. Approximately every extra pound equates to five pounds of pressure to your joints.
  • Try to increase your exercise to approximately 5-6 hours per week as increased exercise is associated with lower weight
  • Do aerobic activity. This increases your circulation which will increase blood flow to your joints and tissues
  • Strength train at least twice per week to increase growth hormones. Growth hormones keep your tendons, ligaments and muscles healthy which decreases the load to your joints
  • Eat healthy with an anti-inflammatory diet. This is very important to keeping your joints pain free, as joints contain receptors which sense inflammation through the blood stream.
  • Stretch your entire body as this will help you stay flexible

Other Tips:

  • Some have found relief through a trial of taking 1500mg per day of glucosamine
  • Proper sleep hygiene is also vital to one’s health as this is when our tissues heal and regenerate

Natural Arthritis Relief Techniques Can Be Just As Effective As Surgery

Surgery should always be the last resort for managing arthritis and degenerative conditions. In fact, those who implement conservative arthritis pain management techniques (such as physical therapy, exercise rehabilitation, activity modification, and nutritional support) often fair just as well as those who undergo arthroscopic repairs.

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