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Alternatives for arthritis sufferers
The number of arthritis sufferers is expected to increase dramatically as the baby boom generation ages. Currently, over 85 per cent of people over the age of 70 suffer from osteoarthritis and in the UK one-third of prescriptions are written for arthritis medications. The personal and economic impact of arthritis is staggering.
Are you an arthritis candidate?
Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is caused by the wear and tear produced by intense physical activity, physical trauma and/or aging. The fluid that bathes the cartilage, known as synovial fluid thins out and loses its protective qualities and the damaged cartilage wears down until the ends of the bone literally meet and grind together.
The body’s attempts to stablise the joint give rise to the formation of bone spurs (osteophytes) which cause stiffness and limit movement. The disease affects weight-bearing joints – hips, feet, knees and spine, and the hands are also commonly affected due to the amount of work they perform.
Growing older, being overweight, physical inactivity, being female as well as genetic make up and inadequate nutrition are also risk factors.
Medications pose serious dangers
The most commonly prescribed medications for arthritis are NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and their sub-class, the Cox II inhibitors. While these drugs are frequently able to control arthritis-related pain and reduce inflammation, the side effects are often severe. In fact, more people die each year from complications caused by arthritis than from the condition itself, often NSAID-induced ulcers.
Cox-2 inhibitors (Vioxx, Celebrex, Movicox, etc.), although classified in the NSAID category, do not cause the high incidence of gastrointestinal blood loss that true NSAIDs do. However, studies indicate that these drugs can increase the risk of heart attacks for some people, and may also contribute to gastrointestinal bleeding. More research is required before these drugs can be confirmed as truly beneficial.
What are the
Lifestyle modifications and natural medications can be a realistic source of relief for some people. There is little doubt that most people would prefer to control arthritis pain and stiffness without the help of prescription drugs, even if negative side effects were not an issue.
Avoid too much sun
Unprotected sun exposure for longer than 15 minutes is linked with immune suppression. This is why cold sores often appear following time spent in the sun. If you must sit out in the sun, wear a sunscreen of SPF 15 or over.
Including regular exercise in your life is always important, but even more so if you have arthritis. All categories of exercise (aerobic, strength and flexibility) can help arthritis sufferers. If joint discomfort hampers your ability to move, then plan to build some activity into the times of day when you feel less pain.
Muscles and other tissues that support the joints weaken when they are not moved enough, causing the joint to lose its shape and function. With loss of shape and function comes increased wear and tear on joint tissue. Exercise helps to palliate the symptoms of osteoarthritis, making you feel better overall. Moderate stretching exercises including supervised yoga and Pilates, will help relieve the pain and keep the muscles and tendons around the affected joint stronger and more flexible. Low impact exercises like swimming, walking, water aerobics and stationary cycling can all reduce pain while maintaining strength and flexibility. Always consult a doctor before beginning a new exercise programme.
Protect your joints
Learn to listen to your body and cease any activity that gives rise to pain. Alternate heavy or repetitive tasks with easier ones and build breaks into your daily schedule. Take advan
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