Friday, March 10, 2017

Fighting Arthritis- March 2017

March 2017

Hi Everybody Dr. Norris here.

Arthritis is a common ailment that affects many of us as we age. In simple terms arthritis is a disease which causes inflammation and degeneration of the normal joint surface. It most often occurs in weight bearing joints such as the hips, knees and ankles, but is also found in the hands, spine and pelvis. There are many causes and kinds of arthritis with the most common type being osteoarthritis also known as degenerative arthritis. It usually starts by trauma and overuse, which leads to the destruction of the joint cartilage. This roughened surface thins out and begins to cause pain and dysfunction. For the most part arthritis can't be fixed. But it can be managed. It is similar to diabetes in that there are strategies which can slow down and provide relief of symptoms.

Here are the best recommendations to help manage arthritis.

People with arthritis know that there are certain activities which aggravate their condition. It may be prolonged weight bearing like standing and walking, or repetitive use of a body part like using computer keyboards. It may be something you are not aware of. My mother-in-law asked me about pain in her thumbs. I asked if there was something that provoked her pain... as she thought about it for a moment then my father-in-law said "It's that game she plays all the time!" She had been playing a handheld video game which used her thumbs. She didn't even realize this is what was causing her arthritis to flare-up. Smoking is also a habit which increases arthritic conditions. So simply put, if an activity causes an increase of your symptoms... don't do it! Or at least do less of it.   

Strength, flexibility and endurance exercises are beneficial for people with arthritis. Exercises which are tolerable help reduce the stiffness and improve function. Too much will increase pain so balance is needed. Movement is recommended. I often give people exercise programs to help degenerative conditions.

At some point a flare-up will occur. When it does it is important to get some treatment to help reduce pain, stiffness and improve function. Arthritis responds well to chiropractic because alignment helps restore mobility. Massage therapy and physical therapy can also help reduce symptoms. Anti-inflammatory medication may be considered on a short term basis.     

Junk food, fried food and alcohol have been shown to increase inflammation in people with arthritis. A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts and lower fat meats has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. There are also nutritional supplements which can help reduce the degenerative process. Joint health formulas are common at most health food stores.
So consider this advice and as always, 
if you or someone you care about is in pain or is having a health issue please call.

“Because nobody has time for pain!”

Dr. Michael Norris

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Disclaimer: The information contained herein is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases or, medical problems. It is not intended to replace your doctor's recommendations.
The information is provided for educational purposes only. Response to care and nutritional benefits may vary from one person to another.