Claim your FREE Gift & Newsletter. Just enter your... E-MAIL ADDRESS

First Name


Don't worry -- your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Prospering With Arthritis.

Get Back Into the Swing of Things!

Get the Best Bang for Your Buck... Click Here

If  this website was helpful, 
Click below to... 

Joint Pain Forum – News you can use!

back to Arthritis News articles

Weight loss exercise can also be effective in coping with arthritis pain

June 8, 2007

As a primary care provider, it seems that I hear every one of my patients complaining to me about a swollen, sore, or stiff joint at some point of the interview. Many of us realize these things happen as a result of injury, and that there are factors involving inflammation and pain. It is when the swelling and pain linger that most of us start to get worried about arthritis.

Arthritis literally means swelling of a joint, and with most traumatic injuries, one does expect some degree of swelling, but when we get swelling and pain without an injury, the rarer causes of arthritis come into consideration.

Our joints are truly structures of divine engineering. Our bones contact each other with specialized tissue called cartilage that allows them to slide against each other with one-tenth the friction produced by rubbing two smooth pieces of ice against each other. When these remarkable surfaces are damaged, the body attempts to repair them as best it can. However, the surface never is the same after repair, and the resulting increased friction and decreased shock absorption of the delicate cartilage can snowball into the painful and common condition known as osteoarthritis.

It has been shown that 80 percent of all people over age 55 have some signs of osteoarthritis. A definite relationship has been observed between weight and osteoarthritis. Considering the obesity epidemic in this country, we can expect osteoarthritis to become more common and severe in the future.

Osteoarthritis is the medical term used to describe a progressive process of injury, breakdown, and attempted repair of our joints. During this process, the cartilage gradually is replaced with scar tissue that lacks the resilience of the original cartilage. It rapidly is worn down ultimately to exposed bone grinding against bone. The disease process cannot be stopped once it has begun. Billions are spent each year to pay for medical intervention of this cureless disorder.

Medical science knows a great deal about the steps involved with the disease progression, and we have many ways to deal with the symptoms, mostly focusing on pain relief, but we have had little success in slowing the deterioration of the precious cartilage.

For decades, arthritis specialists have recommended that acetominophen ---- the active ingredient in Tylenol ---- be used. This medication does handle blocking arthritis pain and is quite safe, but it lacks any strong anti-inflammatory effect. For many years, it has been debated whether a group of medications known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is perhaps better for arthritis.

NSAIDs are a group of medications that include ibuprofen and naproxen. Theoretically, they should treat pain and also slow down the whole inflammatory breakdown; however, no studies have been able to prove that taking NSAIDs is any more effective than acetominophen to slow disease progression.

Many studies suggest that NSAIDs are better for pain control, but these drugs are not without risk. NSAIDs are very hard on the stomach and kidneys. It is for this reason that acetominophen offers a safer option. There is always concern of liver damage with Tylenol among my patients, but one would have to take close to 10 grams (20 Tylenols) within 24 hours to cause any significant damage to a healthy liver.

Currently the best way to treat osteoarthritis symptoms is to use NSAIDs and/or acetominophen to control the pain. But to slow its progression, your best bet is to decrease stress on inflamed joints by staying slim, using a cane for support and strengthening the surrounding muscles with exercise and a healthy diet.

back to Arthritis News articles

Bookmark This Page...
AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Privacy | Terms

About Us