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Effective Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Pain Relief

Posted Jan 15 2014 6:59am

Arthritis is a painful and degenerative condition caused by inflammation in the joints that causes stiffness and pain. The Arthritis Foundation reports that approximately 50 million people in the U.S are affected by arthritis. It is also the second most debilitating illness of Americans after heart disease. The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) reports that an estimated 67 million Americans will have arthritis by 2030. The condition tends to be more common in women than men. Conventional treatments may provide only limited relief. However, there are now effective alternative treatments for arthritis at leading healthcare centers.

What causes arthritis?

Factors causing this joint pain condition include:

- Heredity
- Old age
- Trauma
- Obesity
- Infection
- Life style

Arthritis Pain

If left untreated, arthritis can become a chronic condition with severe pain and swelling that can seriously disrupt everyday life. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis. The most common types are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, and gout. Most kinds of arthritis can cause severe pain and swelling in your joints. Other symptoms include stiffness and limited movement.

Alternative Treatments for Joint Pain

Treatments vary depending on the type of arthritis. The main goals are to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. Surgery may be necessary for serious conditions.

Doctors traditionally treat arthritis with anti-inflammatory medications and painkillers. Now reliable healthcare centers are providing effective alternative arthritis pain management treatments:

- Dietary supplements

    o Glucosamine
    o Chondroitin Sulfate
    o MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)

- Hyaluronic acid joint injections:
    o Hyalgan
    o Orthovisc
    o Supartz
    o Synvisc
    o Euflexxa

- Anti-Inflammatory diet and low glycemic index (G-I) diets

- Topical Analgesics:
    o Capsaicin
    o Salicylates
    o Counterirritants

- Electrotherapies
    o TENS units
    o IFC and
    o GS

Watch Your Weight

Being overweight can worsen arthritis. Extra weight puts more pressure on your joints — especially your knees, hips, and feet. Reducing the stress on your joints by losing weight will improve your mobility, decrease pain, and prevent future damage to your joints. According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, for patients who are overweight or obese, losing 10% of their weight reduces pain and improves function. Professional rehabilitation centers offer very effective weight loss programs with auricular therapy. This unique treatment is painless and drug-free and simply involves the application of very light electrical stimulation to precise points on the external ear to control food cravings.

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