Knee pain is not an ailment that only inflicts the old. Today aching joints can hit you at any age be it mid 30s-40s or 60-70s. Joint inflammation, especially in the knees, is the most reported of all joint discomforts and diseases. Robert Nickodem, Jr., MD tells osteoarthritis or 'wear-and-tear' arthritis, is like a rusty … [...]
Arthritis affects around 10 million people in the UK
Symptoms include joint pain, swelling and redness.
Many sufferers relieve pain by taking paracetamol and ibuprofen.
However, research published earlier this year in the British Medical Journal revealed that taking the latter painkiller - or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) - could increase risk of heart attack or stroke.
Fortunately, there are natural ways to treat or prevent joint pain, according to Dr Sarah Brewer, a GP and nutritional therapist.
Avoid uneven ground
“For people who are experiencing age or activity related joint symptoms, low impact, aerobic exercises such as swimming, cycling and walking are most beneficial,” she said.
“Avoid prolonged kneeling, squatting or walking more than 2 miles per day, however, which may have an adverse effect on joints.
“You should also avoid walking on rough or uneven ground.
“Gentle, regular exercise helps to maintain joint mobility.
“As well as strengthening muscles it boosts the flow of oxygen and nutrients to joint tissues – especially vital for cartilage which does not have a blood supply and must obtain its nutrients by diffusion.
“Exercise also helps to maintain the layer of lubricating synovial fluid over the articular surface.
“Avoid exercising if a joint is inflamed or swollen, however, until symptoms have subsided.”
Add spice to your diet
Dr Brewer also recommends adding particular ingredients to your diet.
“There is a surprisingly long list of natural substances that can help knee pain, from those that provide structural building blocks to those that have analgesic and anti-inflammatory actions,” she said.
“The ones I have found most beneficial in clinical and nutritional medicine practice are krill oil, turmeric, rose hip extracts, devil’s claw, cherry extracts and ginger root extract.”
Along with hyaluronic acid, hydrolysed collagen, glucosamine and chondroitin, these ingredients can all be found in LQ Liquid Health Jointcare, a supplement for osteoarthritis sufferers by suppressing inflammation and repairing damaged tissues. [...]
This guide to the 4 supplements with the most evidence supporting their benefits can help you decide which one(s) may be right for you. However, you should ask your doctor before starting a new supplement to make sure it’s appropriate for your condition and won’t interact with any of your other medications [...]
Several recent studies show that turmeric/curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties and modifies immune system responses. A 2006 study showed turmeric was more effective at preventing joint inflammation than reducing joint inflammation. [...]
The formation of uric acid crystals in your joints is a perfect example of poor lifestyle choices. Left unattended, it can easily lead to a more painful condition known as gout. This swelling may be slight and cause stiffness or it can create severe pain and swelling that develops in just a few hours. [...]
In one study, two grams of curcumin extract provided to subjects was found to provide pain relief that was equivalent to ibuprofen for pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee. A tasty option is to sprinkle turmeric or curry spice in your ... [...]
Some rheumatoid arthritis patients say that using forms of medical marijuana eases the pain and inflammation they suffer from their condition. Yet most doctors specializing in rheumatoid arthritis treatment were unaware that a growing body of research ...Yet most doctors specializing in rheumatoid arthritis treatment were unaware that a growing body of research identifies medical marijuana's active ingredient, cannabinoids, as a possible arthritis treatment, according to a 2014 survey in the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. [...]
As a Centre of Excellence in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, Bath National Hospital was able to assign a specialist team, including a dietician, to Eve's care. "They were so amazing, it made me angry to think of how I was dismissed for all those ... [...]
Pain medications like ibuprofen or naproxen patients use to relieve pain and inflammation only treat the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, but DMARDs treat the underlying cause of rheumatoid arthritis by changing the body's immune response so it will ... [...]
"Despite the higher prevalence and incidence, delay in diagnosis is a feature consistently reported, and as a result of delayed diagnosis they also have delayed treatment and have significant joint damage and disability at the time of diagnosis," she ... [...]
At week 16, patients treated with fasinumab showed a statistically valid improvement in pain relief, the primary endpoint of the study, in addition to improvements in physical function. The results will be presented at an upcoming medical conference ... [...]
Intrinsic Imaging, an FDA audited, ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and ISO 22301 certified imaging core lab, announced today that it has been awarded a global Phase II clinical trial designed to investigate the safety and efficacy of a new pharmaceutical compound ... [...]