Four Effective Natural Remedies for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a common health problem, among elderly individuals, especially more for obese elderly persons. Osteoarthritis is disease of old age which occurs due to wear and tear of joints, leading to erosion of joints cartilage and cause one bone to rub against another which can be extremely painful. Due to wear and tear (erosion) of joint cartilage, synovial fluid that lubricate the joints also reduces or absent in joints, which makes subbing of bones against each other more painful, in absence of proper lubrication. Obese persons suffer more because their joints (weight bearing joints such as knee joints and ankle joints) have to withstand extra pressure, which makes wear and tear process more active and erosion occurs easily.ID-100141334

Osteoarthritis is a common problem. In US alone more than 25 million individuals are suffering from osteoarthritis, which is affecting quality of life in a significant way. Because osteoarthritis is painful and common health problem, there are numerous so called remedies available. However there are very few natural remedies that actually help in osteoarthritis. They are:

Weight loss:

As mentioned earlier, obese persons are at greater risk of suffering from osteoarthritis, due to excess pressure/load on weight bearing joints. To reduce extra pressure/load on these joints the only way is to reduce weight for obese individuals. Weight loss is one of the best remedy for osteoarthritis, for some patients. Reduction of one kilo of body weight results in reduction of four kilo equivalent pressure on your knees and ankles. It was seen in research that, for many patients a reduction of five to ten kilo of body weight results in complete disappearance of osteoarthritis symptoms. Hence it is worth to lose weight if you suffer from osteoarthritis symptoms.

Physical exercise:

Contrary to popular belief physical exercise is essential for reducing osteoarthritis symptoms. Exercise does not make symptoms of osteoarthritis worse, but it helps in improving symptoms. However, it should be in moderation. If you are in good shape, swimming is good option. If you are not in too good shape you can start doing walking. If you are a runner, you need to cut your mileage and run on soft tracks. Your exercise regime should consist of walking, swimming, strength exercise, aerobic exercise etc.

Electrical energy:

If you have severe pain and swelling of joints, electrical energy can be of great help. Electrical energy may be used as transcutaneous electrostimulation, or TENS, where electrodes are placed around the joint and deliver electromagnetic pulses through the skin. Electrical impulses can also be used along with acupuncture, where acupuncture needles are used for delivery electromagnetic pulses.

Acupuncture:

Acupuncture is a useful method of managing osteoarthritis. Several studies have found effectiveness of acupuncture in treating osteoarthritis in many patients. However, all patients with osteoarthritis do not get benefit from acupuncture.

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