Janesville WI Chiropractor Seven Tips to Prevent Osteoarthritis



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7 TIPS FOR PREVENTING OSTEOARTHRITIS

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, occurring when cartilage in joints wear down over time usually due to misalignments and dysfunction of the joints. OA most commonly affects joints in the hands, hips, knees and spine. Many OA sufferers turn to over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and other drug therapies to fight the pain. Unfortunately, NSAIDs have tons of side effects and prolonged use can have disastrous effects on the gastrointestinal tract and other internal organs.

 

Chiropractic offers a drug free approach to treating osteoarthritis and living a pain free daily life!

Research has shown chiropractic care can help reduce the symptoms of OA. The study showed those under chiropractic care reported greater and more rapid pain reduction and ROM improvement than the non-chiropractic group. The chiropractic patients also reported more improvement in their activities of daily living (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2006;29:107-14).

Arthritic Pain is not part of the ageing process and can be avoided with specific chiropractic care and rehab!

 

1. Maintain Regular Chiropractic Care

When vertebrae (the bones in your spine) are misaligned, the result is a vertebral subluxation. This can cause a chain reaction throughout your body. Receiving chiropractic care cannot only help relieve pain due to OA, but also prevent it from re-occurring or worsening.

 

2. Manage Your Weight

By losing extra weight, the stress on the knees and other joints is reduced. This can help decrease the risk of Osteoarthritis developing.  Increase your water intake to help the body stay hydrated and also stimulate your metabolism and increase your energy!

 

3: Consider Supplementation and Increase Antioxidants

Chondroprotective (Cartilage protective) agents help the body repair damage caused by osteoarthritis (Journal of Chiropractic 1900; 27:69). Glycosaminoglycans, like glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, can help ward off OA. Antioxidants can be obtained in supplement form or from eating foods such as apples, artichokes, beans, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, and cherries.

 

4. Adjust your Diet to Reduce Inflammation

Consuming large amounts of red meat has been linked with degenerative arthritis and soft tissue disorders. Instead of eating red meat, try eating antioxidant-rich foods such as beans, nuts, and other protein sources. For some people Dairy protein has an inflammatory effect on the tissue surrounding your joints. Other causes of inflammation commonly found in our diets are sugar, wheat, and alcohol.

 

5.  Powerful Anti-inflammatory Foods

Avocado/soybean unsaponifiables is an extract that is made with avocado and soybean oil. This product is noted as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and also increases the activity of cartilage-producing cells. This can help to promote OA cartilage repair.  Whole fruits, berries and vegetables, are all rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and phytochemicals. Choose green and brightly colored vegetables and whole fruits to help reduce inflammation caused by diet.

 

6. Exercise

Strengthening exercises performed with weights or exercise bands can help to fortify the muscles that support joints, reducing the likelihood of OA. Adding exercises that promote range-of-motion can help keep joints limber too. Try to exercise for 20-30 minutes 3 times per week, Keep it short and fun!

 

7. Walk Barefoot!

Walking barefoot can slow the progression of OA in the body. Before banning your shoes, consult your doctor, as diabetics and those with lower-extremity circulation and nerve deficiencies have a heightened risk of injury and infection.

 

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