How to get long-lasting pain relief from arthritis?
Hello!, This is Dr Salam from the One Care Medical Center, a premier ortho hospital in Coimbatore, in this article we are going to discuss on how to get lasting pain relief from arthritis
Arthritis refers to a medical condition that affects the joints and bones of the body. It is a degenerative disease and with increasing years, the disease can worsen if left unchecked. The 2 main types of arthritis include, osteoarthritis as well as rheumatoid arthritis.
While osteoarthritis results from joint wear and tear, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that results when antibodies are produced against the healthy bone and joints of the body.
Some natural remedies that can be followed for preventing arthritis include
A. Optimizing your body weight
Weight has a significant effect on osteoarthritis symptoms, the more weight means that the more pressure is placed on the body’s joints, more so with respect to the hip, knees, and feet.
The first line of management with respect to Osteoarthritis is losing weight. With weight loss, there is a reduced load on the joints resulting thereby in improved joint mobility, decreased pain, and limitation on the future joint damage.
B. Adequate Exercise
With regular exercise, in general there is better management of body weight and also the muscles around the joint get strengthened leading to better joint stability. Some low impact exercises that can be done include, cycling, walking, and swimming.
C. Hot and Cold therapy
The use of alternative hot and cold therapy goes a long way in giving significant pain relief. Heat can be applied with the help of a moist heating pad or warm water compression. Cold, on the other hand, can be applied by wrapping ice with a cloth and applying it on the joint directly. Capsaicin creams can also be used to provide pain relief.
Meditation using techniques like mindfulness has also been used successfully to reduce the discomfort and pain of osteoarthritis. Mindfulness techniques have been particularly useful in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
E. Healthy Diet
The next important step in reducing the symptoms of arthritis is in following a healthy diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables. Avoiding processed meat and sugars like refined carbs are also exceedingly helpful. Adding turmeric powder which contains curcumin (a natural anti-inflammatory agent) to your diet can also go a long way in helping reduce the symptoms of arthritis significantly.
While there are numerous herbal supplements available for arthritis, these have not yet been systematically investigated or researched with respect to arthritis.
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