Arthritis Pain Relief in Chico - Naturally

Don’t let the pain of osteoarthritis prevent you from living the active life you want.

As we age, were more likely to encounter joint stiffness, and the debilitating pain of osteoarthritis (OA for short), which is also known as degenerative joint disease.  Approximately 80% of all Americans over the age of 50 suffer from OA.  The first symptom of OA may only be early morning stiffness. However, over time OA may progress to the point that joints may swell and become deformed and even stuck in a “frozen position”. The pain of OA can become excruciating and even debilitating.

Don’t let the pain of osteoarthritis prevent you from living the active life you want.

Osteoarthritis treatment is usually anti-inflammatory medications. However, recent studies have shown that many of the medications that people take for arthritis have serious side effects. Among the side effects are increased risk of heart attack, stroke, gastric bleeding and liver and kidney damage. Even over the counter medications, which we think of as harmless, pose serious threats. Aspirin, ibuprofen and other common non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be the cause of anywhere from 10,000 to 17, 000 deaths a year.

With all the risks associated with medications, what can you do to to find arthritis pain relief?

First step is to consider dietary factors. Many patients in my own practice free themselves from the pain of OA by making dietary changes like cutting down on foods that they are intolerant to. For some people, the nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers) seem to make them more susceptible to the inflammatory effects of OA. For others, reducing common allergens such as wheat and dairy often helps people reduce the overall stiffness and pain of OA.

Eating more enzyme-rich fresh fruits and green vegetables also will aid in supporting your efforts to reduce dietary irritants.  Among the super foods for this task are pineapple, papaya, and kiwi fruit. Moderate intake of foods rich in omega 3 oils such as cold-water fish and nuts also aid the body making anti-inflammatory chemicals.

Excessive weight can also be a factor in aggravating the symptoms of OA in the knees, hips and low back. Mild to moderate low impact exercise can help reduce weight, and also aid in reducing arthritic pain. Exercises to consider are walking, bicycling, gentle stretching, and swimming. Swimming is especially beneficial, because water supports your body and reduces the pressure of weight bearing exercise.

Three supplements that can make a difference are glucosamine sulfate, chrondroitin sulphate, and organic sulfur which prevent cartilage loss, and promote repair of damaged cartilage in joints that have OA. Trials show glucosamine and chrondroitin equal ibuprofen and the more costly prescription Celebrex for relief of the symptoms of OA.  One thing the supplements do that the medications don’t is prevent loss of joint cartilage. A recent Canadian study done at the University of Montreal over a two year period,  found that chondroitin is more successful than Celebrex in reducing the long term progression of cartilage loss in knee joints.  These supplements offer pain relief, and reduction in the progression of OA without the risks of heart attack and bleeding to death that anti inflammatory medications have. We offer our patients an outstanding product that combines all three ingredients to maximize pain relief and nourishing joint cartilage to reduce the progression of OA.  

Another helpful approach is to use enzymes. My experience with many patients is that taking concentrated proteolytic enzymes between meals can reduce the inflammation of arthritis, and offers significant pain relief. European researchers have also confirmed in trial studies that concentrated enzyme formulas offer pain relief similar to common non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs with virtually no side effects.

While there is no cure for OA, many people can find relief naturally from dietary changes, supplements and mild exercise, without the risks of drugs. Incorporating these changes in your life can help you improve other aspects of your health as well as reduce your pain.

For more information, schedule a consultation with Dr. Patrick today by calling 530-899-8741

Patrick Giammarise, DC, IHS, is founder of the Digestion Relief Center in Chico California. Since 1999, he has helped thousands of people from Chico, Redding and Northern California improve their health by improving their digestion and reducing food sensitivities.

Published in the Paradise Post "The Good Life" February 2005. Updated and Revised November 2015.

2015, © Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC. All Rights Reserved.

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