Do you suffer from any of the painful and debilitating symptoms of osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease?
If you do, you’re not alone. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and the leading cause of chronic disability in the US, affecting nearly 27 million people.
Cartilage loss because of genetic, developmental or purely mechanical reasons exposes bone surfaces and leads to joint degradation. Joint cartilage wears away and bone rubs against bone at various joints, leading to typical symptoms of osteoarthritis such as joint pain, tenderness, stiffness and locking.
Not only that - reduced joint movement and mobility can cause muscles and ligaments to weaken further.
Treatment is typically a combination of exercise, lifestyle changes and painkillers. If pain completely disrupts the patient’s lifestyle, joint replacement surgery may be needed to improve quality of life.
Here are 5 things you can do to ease osteoarthritis pain:
- Maintain a healthy weight, even lose weight if necessary. Every pound less on your body means 4 pounds less pressure on your knees - while some people may see their symptoms disappear completely if they lose 10-20 pounds.
- Physical activity is essential if you have osteoarthritis, whether walking around your apartment or swimming laps. Exercise programs should include aerobic exercise like walking, swimming, or biking along with strengthening exercises - although if you have knee osteoarthritis you should cut down on your running mileage and run on softer surfaces like tracks and dirt paths.
- Acupuncture may help. Some people have found that acupuncture helps relieve their pain and disability, but not everyone benefits.
- Glucosamine may help relieve your arthritis pain, although the type of glucosamine matters. Glucosamine sulfate was beneficial when patients took 1500 milligrams once a day - while glucosamine hydrochloride does not seem to help.
- Capsaicin cream can also help to relieve your osteoarthritis pain, perhaps by depleting nerve endings at joints of pain-transmitting chemicals known as ‘substance P’ and calcitonin gene-related protein.
If you are experiencing the typical symptoms of osteoarthritis, why not try one or more of these solutions today?
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Source: 5 Ways to Ease Osteoarthritis Pain.