Effective All Natural Treatments for Arthritis

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention an estimated 50 million Americans have one form of arthritis or another. An estimated 50% of United States adults over the age of 65 reported being told by a doctor that they have arthritis. But arthritis isn’t just impacting the older groups of Americans. It’s estimated that by 2030 there will be 67 million Americans over the age of eighteen suffering with arthritis.

Arthritis is characterized by stiff, aching, hard to move joints and bones. The most common type of arthritis impacting 33 million American adults is osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage between the bones at joint wears down. This allows the bones to rub together rather than giving them the protection and cushion of cartilage. This deterioration goes on to affect the shape and functionality of the joints too making it difficult for that joint to continue to function normally.  Additionally, more complications can arise. There may be fluid in the joint area that is low on a certain chemical, hyaluronan, which protects the joint.  This decrease in hyaluronan has a negative impact on how the joint absorbs shocks.

Another common complication with osteoarthritis is when pieces of bone or cartilage float around within the fluid causing pain and irritation.  Bone spurs may also develop on the end of bones leading to pain and discomfort.

When it comes to osteoarthritis one thing you can be sure of is there is discomfort and pain. Do you or someone you know have this sometimes debilitating disease? Do you know what the signs of osteoarthritis are?

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

The symptoms vary when you have osteoarthritis. However, the two most common are stiffness and pain. The stiffness is most common when the sufferer wakes up in the morning or when he or she moves from a spot in which they were resting.

Some joints are more commonly impacted by osteoarthritis than others. Here are the most commonly affected joints:

  • Lower back
  • Hip
  • Knees
  • Feet
  • Neck
  • Fingers
  • Thumb base

If you suffer with osteoarthritis in one of these places you may have difficulty do any or all of the following:

  • Walking
  • Climbing stairs
  • Lifting objects
  • Grasping or holding objects
  • Doing intricate, detailed work such as knitting or needlepoint

What are the Causes of Osteoarthritis?

In searching for cures for osteoarthritis many researchers look to find the cause first. There is no one known cause for osteoarthritis but rather osteoarthritis is made up of more than one cause.

Here are some of the factors believed to contribute to osteoarthritis:

  • Genes
  • Weight
  • Injury
  • Overuse
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Metabolic conditions

When it comes to genes there’s a theory that people with osteoarthritis may have a genetic defect in the gene that makes up collagen. Collagen is important in making cartilage. This could potentially lead to weakened cartilage that wears down after just a few years or decades of use.

In addition, certain people may have genes that result in malformed and shaped bones and joints that lead to uneven or deeper wearing of the cartilage based on how it rubs together.

When it comes to weight you probably know by now that being overweight brings on a host of health issues. But until now you may not have considered osteoarthritis to be one of those. However, your hips and knees bear most of your bodies’ weight and if you’re overweight you’re putting additional strain and stress on your body.

According to Arthritis Today, for every pound of weight you gain you put an additional three pounds of weight on your knees. This is a lot of extra strain for your knees and hips.

Treatments for Osteoarthritis

The most common type of treatment for this condition is pharmaceuticals or drugs. The most commonly prescribed drugs for osteoarthritis are analgesics. These drugs are used to treat only the pain, not the pain and inflammation as with NSAID’s. Acetaminophen is the most commonly recommended and most widely available analgesic recommended for osteoarthritis pain.

4 Common Analgesics for Osteoarthritis:

  1. Percocet
  2. Darvocet
  3. Oxycontin
  4. Duragesic

Not only are these analgesics full of potential nasty side effects they can also be addicting. If you want to avoid the nasty side effects of prescription medication but still get relief from your osteoarthritis pain how about looking at alternative treatments.

There are currently a number of alternative treatment options for osteoarthritis sufferers. From supplements to acupuncture many people who formerly suffered with osteoarthritis claim to have found relief.

5 Effective All Natural Treatments for Arthritis

1. Chiropractic care

Chiropractors are often able to alleviate some of the pain associated with osteoarthritis. The type of treatment you’ll get depends directly on the acuteness and severity of your specific case of osteoarthritis.

2. Proteolytic Enzymes

Proteolytic enzymes are ones that aid in digestion. Trypsin and chymostrypsin are both produced by your pancreas and others such as papain from papaya and bromelin from pineapples, you get from foods.

3. Ginger

Ginger contains chemicals that may have analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects on the body. In research studies, ginger was shown to lessen pain associated with arthritis.

4. Turmeric

The most active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, have become known as great anti-inflammatories.

5. Boswellia

Known as Indian Frankincense, this potent supplement helps reduce inflammation too.

 

Sources: Arthritis Today, Arthritis Foundation

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13 comments so far - add yours!

  1. Karen says:

    Will check out those supplements. I’ve been taking curcumin. Could you please write an article on gout?
    Thanks!

    • B.Jackson says:

      ‘jUST BLACK CHERRY” juice.,not in the juice isle. it is in the health food section. A juice glass A DAY It.Works

      • hltnut says:

        Sugar, especially fructose, causes uric acid levels to rise. High uric acid = gout. If you get off the sugar, no gout. Uric acid levels should be around 5.5.

        You’re total fructose consumption per day should not exceed 20 grams… and that is fructose from ALL sources.

  2. Tiffiney says:

    There are a lot of kids and young adults with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I would like to see more info on this type of Arthritis since it has to be managed much longer over a lifetime when compared to Osteo. My child’s rheumy doesn’t want to address alternative medicines with me and I really need another true source for help on this one.

  3. Vicki George says:

    I have cpdd — degenerative arthritis primarily manifesting now in hip and both knees. Ortho wants to do knee replacements now. I want to try natural approach first (very belatedly, I’m afraid). have started on your healing diet: cod liver oil, Joint Vibrance, Berry Greens, Raw Protein — one smoothie daily. Fuco thin, Women’s GoL vitamins daily. Is Joint Health comparable to Joint Vibrance? How do I know how much of how many supplements to take daily? Too painful to walk or even ride bike — am considering joining sr center with heated salt water pool for therapy. Is salt water toxic, will it just add to my inflammation problem?

  4. hltnut says:

    Doesn’t it make more sense to eliminate the inflammatory foods instead of taking NSAID’s to just cover a symptom? You know, remove the CAUSE…

    Symptom-treating doesn’t work.

    • Phoebe says:

      Hltnut,
      I thought the cause was your genes, trauma, or overuse. Reducing inflammation would not remove the above causes.

    • Bill says:

      umm, sorry. Phoebe below does kinda hit the nail on the head, but truthfully the most common cause of osteoarthritis is indeed degenerative wear and tear of the joint. What’s the cause of that you might ask?…aging. So unless you’re Marty McFly and can go back in time, there’s no getting around aging and there are no such thing as “inflammatory” foods. Medically speaking, that is hogwash, and you won’t find that in ANY medical textbooks, unfortunately. Granted there are a few things that do exacerbate osteoarthritis. Obesity definitely doesn’t help; it just puts more stress on the joints. Excessive exercise doesn’t help either; there you’re just pounding away on your joint cartilage just adding to the wear and tear of the joint.

      Fortunately for the makers of Aspirin and other NSAIDs, treating the symptoms does work quite well. And treating the symptoms is about the only treatment other than joint replacement or steroid injections that we have at our disposal. That’s because we can’t reverse aging of course. If you can, then please contact me, we have billions of dollars that we can make. Literally, billions.

  5. Tiffiney says:

    Our culture and philosophy about medicine in the Western Hemisphere as a whole has us caught up in thinking these drug companies and doctors know everything and a magic pill or surgery will solve our problems. We think more about a quick solution than using common sense and living like we know God wants us to. The doctors will say they are not being paid by pharmaceutacal companies to push drugs that “may result in death” and that may be true, but the real root of the problem is how docs are educated. We have got to start thinking differently and listen to the patient and work with them, not just tell them there is only this one way to solve your problem because I “drank the Kool-Aid” and believe in only this form of Western Medicine. We have a lot to learn from Eastern philosophy of medicine.

  6. Bruce says:

    So there is no way to replace, or rebuild the cartilage?

    • Bill says:

      Not currently. I like to use the analogy that with car tires, when the tread on the tires wears out and you’re just left with wheel on pavement, you can replace the tire. Unfortunately, we can’t put new tread (cartilage) on the joint surfaces of your knees, hips, etc. What we can do as a last resort after drug management is opt for a joint replacement.

  7. debhawkins says:

    Would this also help someone who has been diagonosed with Lupus?

  8. dhawk says:

    Will these supplements help with Lupus?

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