How To Prevent and Treat Arthritic Pain
Over 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from Arthritis!
That’s approximately 1 in 7 Americans afflicted with this potentially crippling disease… and nearly all Americans over the age of 50 show varying degrees of Arthritis symptoms. Doesn’t that sound alarming?
So… What is Arthritis?
Well, Arthritis comes from the Greek word “arthro” meaning joint and “itis” meaning inflammation. To break it down even better, that means “inflammation of the joints.”
Here are some of the warning signs:
- Joint pain not due to an injury
- Your skin around your joints may appear red, swollen and even very warm to the touch.
- Pain that occurs during or after movement or after extended periods of inactivity.
- Joints may feel stiff and difficult to move.
- Grinding or popping when you move your body
- Deformity of your joints
Now, the most common form of arthritis is Osteoarthritis. It involves the breakdown of the cartilage and bone at the joints, causing some or all of the aforementioned warning signs.
It can be broken down into 2 types: Primary and Secondary
Primary osteoarthritis is the most common form. It’s a slow, progressive condition that usually strikes after age 45. (However, in my office, patients today are complaining of Arthritis pain before the age of 30!)
The most common areas Osteoarthritis:
- Lower back
Primary Osteoarthritis begins to develop when excessive or repetitive stress is put on ordinary, healthy joint tissues, or when normal amounts of stress are applied to an already weakened joint. Studies have shown that obesity and a family history of Arthritis can put a person at greater risk for Primary Osteoarthritis.
Secondary Osteoarthritis usually strikes a person before the age of 40, and is known to be primarily caused by trauma to the joint. This trauma can be received from a sudden injury, such as a car accident, a fall, degeneration after a surgery, repetitive sports injuries, or it can be caused by many small injuries to a joint over time.
Now, beyond Osteoarthritis there are rheumatic diseases that cause different forms of Arthritis with symptoms ranging from inflammation in one or more joints, to inflammation spreading to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, internal organs, and even the skin. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease brought on when the immune system attacks the body’s own tissue in the joints as if it were a foreign material. Rheumatoid Arthritis affects more than 2 million people in the US, and women are 3 times as likely to get it as men. It usually sets in between the ages of 20 and 40, but does not discriminate against older people or children. However…one can take steps to prevent all forms of Arthritis and protect oneself from further joint damage.
There are four warning signs of potential Arthritic development.
- Restrictive range of motion
- Poor posture
Poor posture and restricted motion are an indication of improper structural alignment of the body.
These physical problems often respond best to a physical form of treatment (such as Doctors Pain Relief Systems.) Normal range of motion is necessary for proper circulation and repair of joints. Restricted motion can come from a joint being out of its normal position, or from local tight or spastic muscles.
Prevention of arthritis would include:
- Increasing range of motion and balancing posture
- Getting better nutrition through better food choices
- Taking specific vitamin and mineral supplements
Supplements that have been shown to help are:
- Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate repairs and rebuilds the protective cartilage in the joints
- Vitamins A, C, E, and the mineral Selenium help to reduce “free-radicals” that can damage joint tissue
- Omega-3 fatty acids can help the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Proper eating can also have a hand in the prevention of, or relief from Arthritis pain. Studies have shown that overweight people are more likely to develop Osteoarthritis. For those people who are overweight, diet is a critical part of a complete program to become healthier.
Exercise also helps relieve Arthritic symptoms as it…
- strengthens bones, muscles and joints
- increases flexibility
- prevents joint deformities
- improves the immune system
- reduces stress
Forms of exercise that have been shown to prevent or improve arthritis are:
- water aerobics
- strength training
In order to prevent, or reduce the pain of Arthritis, it is important to make sure that joints can properly function.
If you are ready to get control of your Arthritic pain before it totally consumes your life, then you’ve got to look into Doctor’s Pain Relief Systems. This program is designed specifically for Arthritic conditions. There are specific stretches and exercises within the system that can help you reduce your pain almost immediately. I have also included many free bonuses as well. Sign up for my free webinar to learn all about the system, and how the traditional ways of treatment just aren’t cutting it anymore. Aren’t you tired of living on OTC medicines and prescription medicines? Take back control of your body and your life! Go to www.DoctorsPainReliefSystems.com right now and sign up for my free webinar!
To Your Health,
Dr Jason Hurst, DC, CCSP, CSCS
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