With the baby boomers getting older and older as each year goes by, more among us are going to suffer from arthritis pain. As we all know, arthritis is basically a degenerative condition which results from wear and tear on your joints.
If you worked in physical labor for a number of years, chances are it has taken its tole on your body. What you may be disappointed to find out is that for most people, there really aren’t many conventional medical options for treating arthritis. In fact, most guidelines will recommend that you start off by taking a regular around the clock dose of Tylenol. Sadly, many people don’t find that acetaminophen provides much in terms of pain relief.
Next on the ladder of your doctor’s treatment armamentarium will be to try non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen or Advil. While this type of medicine is generally more effective than Tylenol for treating joint pain, it also has more side effects. In particular, those who suffer from high blood pressure or who have ulcers, won’t be advised to take that type of medication.
What’s next? Your doctor can also discuss certain options including corticosteroid injections or even joint replacement surgery…
If all of this doesn’t sound like much fun, perhaps you’d like to also consider some natural treatments for joint pain.
According to Dr. Morrow:
“For those looking to natural remedies, one key question is whether or not they actually work? One unfortunate reality for those looking for products to promote joint health is the simple reality that with severe arthritis, anything outside of a joint replacement is unlikely to provide much pain relief.”
“Exercise has been studied including both cardio and resistance training programs. Typically, exercise is more effective for relieving pain and improving function in those with mild arthritis rather than moderate or severe forms. (Christensen et al 2005). Specific recommendations made for those who are significantly overweight:
- Reduce body weight by at least 5% over a 20 week period (combined with exercise).”
Dr Morrow’s List of Grade A Treatments
- Exercise/weight loss
- Glucosamine Sulfate
- Willow Bark
His Grade B Treatments
- Avocado and Soybean Unsaponifiables
- Devil’s Claw Extract
- Physical Therapy
- Green Lipped Muscle
- Tai Chi
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