First, understand that there is no
"magic supplement" that will cure osteoarthritis. In this post, we'll talk about the real difference
between supplements and arthritis medication, how to select a supplement to buy
and about a few common osteoarthritis supplements, including glucosamine and
chondroitin . Also, note that the most effective, lasting treatment for the pain
associated with osteoarthritis is stretching and strengthening the surrounding
muscles in the right way.
What Are Supplements?
People have been using plants for
medicinal purposes since the beginning of civilization. Of every 10,000 compounds sampled, perhaps
one will make it to market. And that
process of bringing a new drug to market takes 10 to15 years and can cost more
than $1 billion dollars. That's a lot of
money! Considering the abundance of
potential natural therapeutic agents out there in the world, it shouldn't be
surprising that some of them have not yet been ...
At the risk of sounding somewhat like a "Polyanna," I keep trying to find the blessings in having osteoarthritis. I was diagnosed 12 years ago, and have had nine orthopedic surgeries since that time . Since I live in Illinois much of the year, I found the massive heat and humidity this summer to be excruciating! My doctors have experimented with a variety of pills, lotions, potions, and creams with me, but I have had very little pain relief from any of them (the meds, not the doctors).
I really am grateful that many of the doctors in America have become quite skilled in joint replacements - things that are not even considered in many countries. At times, I do resent the pain I've gone through as well as having to re-learn to walk several times. I try to keep a stiff upper lip and a sense of humor about much of it, but I will admit that I recently informed one of my surgeons that the fun in learning to walk was beginning to wane.
So when I get over my pout, I hav...
Risk Factors In the U.S., osteoarthritis affects about 27 million Americans age 25 years and older. Age Osteoarthritis can affect people of any age, but it is much more common in older people. It rarely occurs in people younger than age 40. Gender In people younger than 45, osteoarthritis occurs more frequently in men. After age 45, it develops more often in women. Some research suggests that women may also experience greater muscle and joint pain, in general, than men. Obesity Obesity, defined as being 20% over one's healthy weight, places people (particularly women) at increased risk for osteoarthritis. It also worsens osteoarthritis once deterioration begins. This higher risk is due to increased weight on the joints. Work and Leisure Factors Because injuries can trigger the disease process, people whose work or leisure activities place them at risk for muscle and joint injuries may face a higher risk for osteoarthritis later on. Occupational Risks. Certain occupations with repeated stressful...
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