| Osteoarthritis (OA)
Osteoarthritis Busting Tips
Control of Your Arthritis
& Improve Your Quality of Life
Tip 1: Don’t guess… get
a professional diagnosis of what ails
It’s amazing but true that many people suffer daily from joint
pain but don’t know what the cause is; while others self diagnose and
self medicate. This is the wrong approach because there are more than
100 types of arthritis diseases alone – not to mention all of the
non-arthritis joint affecting afflictions out there. Some are more
serious than others and some are more aggressive in terms of causing
permanent damage through their ongoing degenerative effects.
The reason that this is point #1 on this list is that it is
absolutely essential that you make sure your diagnosis is correct
before you begin wasting money, time and hope on treatments that are
not designed to help your specific situation.
Just like anything… You need the right information and tools to attain
the desired results.
Tip 2: Don’t accept a diagnosis that results from a
It doesn’t matter what kind of self proclaimed expert your
friend is, or whether your doctor has 50+ years of experience… the fact
is that there is only one way to know for sure if you have
osteoarthritis. That is by having a CT-scan of the affected area.
With confirmation that you do indeed have Osteoarthritis, you
have the information you need to now develop a game plan to fight back.
3: Be wary of using prescription and
non-prescription drugs to fight pain.
Doctors are very quick to recommend drugs for your joint pain
– NSAIDS (i.e. Advil, Motrin, Aleve); Cox II inhibitors (i.e. Celebrex)
and Acetaminophen (i.e. Tylenol, Datril) – but are highly unlikely to
recommend other less potentially harmful and natural options such as
Glucosamine, Chondroitin; Boswellin, MSM, and others..
Pharmaceuticals can definitely have a place in an arthritis
fighting regimen; but I urge you to be informed as to the pro’s and
con’s prior to embarking on this or any path. The only positive
attribute of pharmaceuticals is that they can offer many people
immediate relief from pain. However, they also can cause a wide range
of undesirable side effects such as ulcers, irregular heart beat, high
blood pressure, liver damage and many others.
More important however, is the fact that pharmaceuticals in no
way treat the disease itself. Nor do they aid in the rehabilitation of
Tip 4: Exercise is your
best Arthritis Medicine.
Believe it or not... some people who have arthritis or joint
pain, limit their activity because they are afraid that moving their
joints will make the pain worse. That is the wrong thing to do.
We now know with 100% certainty that joints work better and
hurt less when we keep them moving. When we are physically active, the
cartilage in our joints remains lubricated which will allow you to move
If you don't stay active, your body will stop working
properly, you'll be more prone to feeling tired and more likely to be
depressed. You will lose strength and endurance and eventually be
unable to participate in the activities that you enjoy and that make
life worth living.
Tip 5: Manage Your
Weight to the Best of Your Ability!
Maintaining an ideal body weight is the best way to optimize
your overall health but it also helps to minimize the ravages of
arthritis because the damage to your load bearing joints is kept to a
Arthritis is opportunistic in that it will take advantage of
the degenerative effects of being overweight to magnify and accelerate
the degeneration of your joints (hips, knees, feet and spine).
I say manage your weight “to the best of your ability”,
because I understand that arthritis makes it difficult to exercise, but
if you don’t exercise you risk putting on weight – so it’s a vicious
circle that you have to balance to the best of your ability.
Taking a walk every day is a great way to keep active, get
exercise and to burn off calories. Eating a healthy well balanced diet
at all times is another great way to manage your weight.
Tip 6: The Right Diet
Can Deliver Huge Benefits.
Medical literature contains many documented cases of how diet
modification and the adherence to a specialized diet can reduce the
symptoms of inflammatory arthritis. In contrast; studies have shown
that a high cholesterol and high fat diet may contribute to the
The result is that I can definitively say that there are
Foods” and “Foods
- Fruit - In particular those
high in Vitamin C, like
blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, kiwi fruit, peaches, mango,
cantaloupe melon and anti-inflammatory fruits like apples.
- In particular vegetables high in Vitamin A
(beta-carotene) and Vitamin C. Carrots, squash, sweet potato, spinach,
kale, collard greens, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts.
Fish - Rich omega-3 essential fatty acids and high in Vitamin E,
like salmon, mackerel, sardines, herring, tuna and trout.
and Seeds - Rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids and high in
Vitamin E. Unsalted nuts, like walnuts, brazil nuts and almonds, and
seeds like sunflower, linseeds and pumpkin seeds.
and Grains - Including lentils, chick peas (garbanzo beans),
brown rice, whole wheat bread.
Foods - Turmeric, ginger, garlic and apples.
- Red meat - beef,
- Cow’s milk products – milk, cheese and
- Brown and white wheat flour &
bran. Do not use products
where wheat starch, edible starch, cereal binder, cereal filler or
cereal protein are listed as ingredients.
sugar products - Foods containing sugar, syrup, treacle and
- Coffee, decaffeinated coffee, cocoa, tea,
- Butter and margarine - use as little as
- Nightshades- eggplants, red peppers, etc.
pepper, vinegar, Dry roasted nuts, Chocolate, Soft drinks,
Tomatoes, White potatoes, Tobacco .
Tip 7: The pro’s and
con’s of Surgery.
For arthritis of the hip, knee and shoulder, doctors often
recommend joint replacement. Aside from the fact that all surgery
carries a risk of complication, joint replacement surgery is especially
questionable because it is a short term solution to a long term
Joint replacement surgery is expensive, debilitating and the
life span of an artificial hip or knee is typically only a maximum of
10 years. You need to consider how many times you will have to replace
the artificial joint during the remainder of your lifespan and what the
resultant ramifications would be.
In some cases joint replacement can be a great solution, but
in my experience it’s not the best choice for the majority of people
suffering from arthritis.
Tip 8: There are proven
pharmaceutical drugs and surgery.
The numerous and ongoing risks associated with pharmaceutical
pain relief products is becoming more and more understood, publicized
and accepted. As a result, people are seeking joint pain relief from
natural remedies and healthy alternatives.
Natural arthritis treatments offer a proven and safe
alternative for those who want to avoid the dangers of surgery,
prescription and non-prescription drugs.
As an example, the conclusions drawn from recent scientific
research demonstrates conclusively that a number of natural arthritis
treatments can be at least as effective as pharmaceutical drugs,
without causing any of the side effects associated with conventional
medications. The GAIT
Study and The GUIDE Trial detail the research findings.
For those looking for arthritis pain relief, these new studies
offer facts and choices which need to be taken into consideration when
assessing your treatment options.
Tip 9: Go for it all!
Strive for a solution that ends
the pain and fights the disease.
This could be a combination of pharmaceutical drugs in
conjunction with healthy eating and supplementation with a Glucosamine
product. It could be exercise and a weight loss plan combined with
massage. Or it could be any combination of these options or many
The key is to embark on a well rounded, well researched,
multi-pronged approach to fighting your arthritis – not just fighting
pain. Give it some time to work – typically 8 to 12 weeks – and tweak
The benefit of this type of comprehensive plan of attack is
that you can address the pain issues as well as stopping further joint
damage while rehabilitating damaged cartilage.
Tip 10: Give Glucosamine
some serious consideration.
My personal experience with arthritis of the shoulder and knee
is that Glucosamine supplementation can have fantastic results.
Unfortunately the medical world is not incented to learn about
or recommend natural products, so positive press for Glucosamine from
doctors is hard to find.
That said, the clinical evidence that Glucosamine works is now
a matter of public record (see point 8 above), widely publicized and
generally accepted, On top of that, consumer testimonial evidence of
its effectiveness is widespread and you probably have acquaintances
that are having success with Glucosamine supplementation. If so, ask
them what they are using.
If you are considering a Glucosamine product, be sure to
purchase a liquid product (to ensure maximum bioavailability) that
delivers at least 1500mg per day.
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completed for 2007 – our #1 recommendation (and the product that I
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Tip 11: Be an informed
At the end of the day, you are ultimately responsible for the
actions you take or do not take to combat your arthritis.
You should seek advice and council from others, but always
keep in mind that their own self interests may be at play and they may
be unknowingly providing incorrect and/or biased information.
Explore all of your options, put in place a regimen that
addresses both the pain and the degenerative aspects of arthritis and
learn from others by seeking customer testimonials of long term
This is the best way to ensure your long term success and to
maximize your quality of life.
was written by Peter Ballantine; Editor of the Joint-Pain-Forum
website. Joint-Pain-Forum.com is a leading internet Arthritis resource
covering all aspects of arthritis and joint pain. If you think that you
may have arthritis, or if you suffer from any kind of ongoing joint
pain… be sure to add Joint-Pain-Forum
to your research resource list for valuable insights and information.
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