ARTHRITIS… It’s a pain in the….

ARTHRITIS… It’s a pain in the….

Neck!!  A pain in the knees, shoulders, back, ankles, hips… just about anywhere you have a joint arthritis can set in. Arthritis is by definition: Inflammation of one or more joints. The symptoms are joint pain and stiffness, swelling, redness as well as decreased range of motion. There are two types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and it damages the joints in different ways.

Osteoarthritis is the most common.  It involves wear-and-tear damage to your joint’s cartilage — the hard, slick coating on the ends of bones. Enough damage can result in bone grinding directly on bone, which causes pain… A lot of it.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting small joints in the hands and feet.  It is usually found in women, however men can also fall prey to the condition.  The symptoms are similar to Osteoarthritis but are typically more severe.

There are lots of remedies out there, but we here at Sacramento Life Force prefer the natural approach. One of the most effective remedies, although not always the easiest is losing weight.  For every pound lost, that’s FOUR pounds of pressure off your tender knees.  FOUR!!! Losing 10-20 pounds could make some symptoms completely disappear!

Another great way to relieve arthritic symptoms is exercise.  At first it might feel like it won’t help but there’s that saying, “A body in motion stays in motion” and truer words are seldom spoken.  Low impact exercise like walking or swimming or even bike riding can really help keep things moving and grooving!

The combination of glucosamine sulfate 15,000 mg daily has been proven to relieve symptoms and chondroitin sulfate 800-1200 mg daily has been proven to slow the progression of arthritis.  The combination of these supplements can be found just about everywhere.  Be sure that you are getting the ‘sulfate’ and not the hydrochloride as it is the sulfate that works!!

Assistive devices such as shoe inserts, canes, and splints can help redistribute your weight and take pressure off the affected area.

Educate yourself about arthritis and the limits it can cause. In the end the more you know the more effective you can be in treating your symptoms.  Sacramento Life Force encourages you to talk to your doctor about developing an exercise plan that falls within your limits and answer any questions you may have.


Until next time… Chris!


Photo Credit: PAIN Knuckle Tattoo 11-23-09 — IMG_9893 – Steven Depolo

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