The most common type is osteoarthritis (OA), also called degenerative joint disease. Normally, cartilage covers the ends of bones where they meet at joints. In OA, the cartilage breaks down, leaving bone ends painfully rubbing together. In reaction, the bone may grow “spurs,” further limiting movement and increasing pain. Joints most often affected include knees, hips, fingers, and feet. Pain and stiffness is typically worse in the morning and improves with activity.
Treatment of OA includes over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen, prescription NSAIDS celecoxib (Celebrex), and, if pain is severe, opioids like hydrocodone (Vicodin).
Another common type of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It’s an autoimmune condition, which means that the immune system attacks bodily tissue, in this case, the joint lining. Other organs may also be involved. Symptoms include fatigue and weight loss, as well as redness, pain, warmth, stiffness, and swelling of affected joints — usually the hands, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, and feet. In recent years, a number of new medications have become available to slow or arrest RA. Experts recommend early diagnosis and treatment, to halt the joint destruction associated with this disease.
6 All-Natural Ways to Ease Arthritis
Arthritis Curehow to Arthritis Cure for 1. Keep moving. While it may seem counterintuitive, exercise is key to arthritis treatment. Physical activity has numerous benefits. While injuries and overuse can contribute to OA, physical activity generally benefits joints and forms an essential part of arthritis treatment. It strengthens muscles supporting joints, combats fatigue, and counters weight gain. (Obesity is a common cause of joint degeneration.) Be gentle with inflamed joints. Many people swear by swimming and water aerobics. Tai chi, a meditative martial arts form, has also been shown to help people with arthritis. Consult your physician about the right type of activity for you.
2. Learn to manage chronic pain. Relaxation training techniques have been shown to make it easier to cope. Examples include self-hypnosis, mindfulness-based stress reduction, muscle relaxation, and deep breathing. Yoga is another good option, as it incorporates meditation, controlled breathing, and physical postures to increase strength and flexibility, thereby improving quality of life.
3. Consume good oils. Research indicates that plants high in the fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid such as borage oil, as well as fish oil, which is high in eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, may benefit people with RA. A 2014 study lasting 18 months showed sustained benefits for borage oil, fish oil, and a combination of the two. In addition, scientific reviews indicate that the oil in avocados and soy — specifically a product containing the “unsaponifiable fractions” of these oils — improves pain and disability of OA.
4. Consider plant-based pain and inflammation fighters. Turmeric, the spice that makes curry yellow, contains the anti-inflammatory chemical curcumin. Studies show specially prepared curcumin supplements have helped ease symptoms of OA. In one study, 750 milligrams a day of encapsulated ginger, relieved knee OA symptoms on par with 50 milligrams of diclofenac (Voltaren). The drug plus herb combo provided the most relief.
5. Try hot and cold applications. Heat increases circulation and relaxes tight muscles. Cold decreases inflammation and may ease pain. For some people, cold packs relieve muscle spasms. You can try alternating hot and cold packs.
6. Apply topical pain relievers. Two plant-based, scientifically-backed remedies are often found in over-the-counter analgesic balms. The first is capsaicin, a key chemical ingredient in cayenne pepper. Studies show that cayenne-containing products, applied topically (without touching the eyes!), reduce pain from many causes, including OA and RA. The other is peppermint, a the 1 last update 2020/05/31 key ingredient in the following recipe from 500 TIME-TESTED HOME REMEDIES AND THE SCIENCE BEHIND THEM.6. Apply topical pain relievers. Two plant-based, scientifically-backed remedies are often found in over-the-counter analgesic balms. The first is capsaicin, a key chemical ingredient in cayenne pepper. Studies show that cayenne-containing products, applied topically (without touching the eyes!), reduce pain from many causes, including OA and RA. The other is peppermint, a key ingredient in the following recipe from 500 TIME-TESTED HOME REMEDIES AND THE SCIENCE BEHIND THEM.
Cooling Analgesic Balm
2 tablespoons Aloe vera gel
8 to 10 drops peppermint essential oil
Blend the aloe and oil in a small, clean bowl. Massage the mixture into sore muscles. Wash your hands afterward, and avoid getting for 1 last update 2020/05/31 it in your eyes. In addition, quickly penetrating Aloe vera gel is cooling and anti-inflammatory.Blend the aloe and oil in a small, clean bowl. Massage the mixture into sore muscles. Wash your hands afterward, and avoid getting it in your eyes. In addition, quickly penetrating Aloe vera gel is cooling and anti-inflammatory.
How it Works: Peppermint contains menthol, which, when applied typically, causes a cooling sensation and inhibit pain receptors.
Warning: Some people are sensitive to peppermint essential oil. If you develop skin irritation, discontinue use.
Arthritis Curehow to Arthritis Cure for For more information, check out the Arthritis Foundation. The website provides facts, figures, and tips on living with arthritis, including community and online support programs
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