Osteoarthritis is a fairly common condition. While medical attention is necessary to diagnose and determine treatment for osteoarthritis, proper lifestyle and dietary choices are necessary to help mitigate it. Here we take a look at a few natural remedies that can be helpful to individuals with osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage in the joints breaks down and wears away. Stiffness and mild pain are the symptoms most commonly experienced by osteoarthritis sufferers. However, severe pain can also be experienced, and conversely, some with the condition almost never experience pain. It can also cause swelling of the affected joints.
The knees and hips are the most common points of pain. Stiffness and pain in these areas can make it difficult to exercise, walk, or conduct other relatively simple daily tasks. Osteoarthritis of the spine can also manifest in the lower back and/or the neck, or in the hands; This type of osteoarthritis seems to run in families.
Treatments for Osteoarthritis
There are two goals inherent in the process of treating arthritis. One is reducing pain and the other involves improvement of physical functionality. There is currently no known cure for the disease. Common means of treatment include exercise, joint care and rest, managing one’s weight, and others.
Specific strategies that medical professionals use include cold and heat therapy, and various forms of physical therapy. Other targeting forms of therapy include acupuncture and transcutaneous electrical stimulation; however, these are somewhat more invasive and limited in their application for potentially arthritic joints.
Natural Remedies for Osteoarthritis
Managing and avoiding osteoarthritis symptoms, and the flare-ups which sometimes occur, comes down to dietary and lifestyle choices. The following products are natural remedies that can assist in managing osteoarthritis symptoms. It can take some trial and error to see if one of these helps you, because everybody’s body responds a little differently. We recommend talking to your doctor before using any of these to address osteoarthritis.
Turmeric is believed to help relieve the pain of osteoarthritis. There is scientific study that suggests turmeric’s effectiveness, which is related to its curcumin extract and is recommended by the Arthritis Foundation.
Fish oil contains various omega-3 fatty acids that help combat inflammation within the body. Inflammation contributes to many cases of osteoarthritis, which is why it is potentially useful in reducing its symptoms.
Glucosamine/chondroitin is a combination of supplemental substances frequently recommended for those patients with osteoarthritis. These two compounds (which are only truly effective in tandem), have been shown to improve ease of movement while reducing joint pain. The benefits of these compounds comes from taking them consistently for at least 12 weeks.
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is used by the body to maintain connective tissue, and it is usually consumed in fruits and vegetables. Supplementing with MSM has the potential to remedy pain in knee osteoarthritis.
Cat’s claw is a product derived from the root back of the cat’s claw vine, native to South America. Treating osteoarthritis is one of the touted uses of this product. If considering cat’s claw, seek out the Uncaria tomentosa strain on the label of a cat’s claw supplement. This is a healthy and most commonly used strain. Other strains of cat’s claw can have adverse effects if consumed.
If you or a family member are seeking an alternative method to treat osteoarthritis, then consider these remedies. Managing this condition takes work, and in the long run, one or more of these could prove to make life easier by reducing pain and improving physicality.