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Managing your Osteoarthritis Pain

Osteoarthritis is a painful condition of the joints caused by the process of aging.

And the thinning of the cushioning and lubrication in our joints over time, such as in the knee. It can also be caused by injury, and generally poor self-care.

 

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting more than 27 million people in the US alone. It can occur at any age, but usually affects people over the age of 45. This may make many people believe that (OA) is an inevitable part of aging, but this is not the case.

Caring for your joints can keep them healthy well into your senior years. If you are already suffering from (OA), then you need safe, effective relief from the pain and swelling caused by joints rubbing together.

Managing your Osteoarthritis Pain

Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint, but most often affects the hands and weight-bearing joints such as the knee, hip, and facet joints in the spine.

Osteoarthritis often occurs as the cartilage breaks down, or degenerates, with age. For this reason, osteoarthritis is sometimes called degenerative joint disease.

Protecting your joints from injury by not doing extreme sports is one way to avoid (OA) pain. Moderate exercise regularly also helps your joints stay mobile and flexible. It reduces joint stiffness, which often causes (OA) pain. Yoga and tai chi are ideal for those with (OA), as is swimming in warm water.

Maintaining cartilage can also help. It is made up in part of collagen, an essential component of healthy skin as well. The sagging skin of old age is not just due to gravity, but a loss of collagen as we age. We can increase it by drinking bone broth. Vitamin C also stimulates collagen production and preserves it as well.

Managing your Osteoarthritis Pain

An anti-inflammatory diet can also help, in which you eat foods which lower inflammation, or irritation, in the body and avoid foods which trigger inflammation. Eat olive oil, fatty fish like salmon, and lots of fresh fruits and vegetable can help. Steer clear of salt, sugar and gluten.

Other ways to manage (OA) pain include complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) such as acupuncture and massage therapy. Herbs and supplements can also give safe, natural (OA) pain relief.

Over the counter and prescription pain relievers can also help if all your other methods to manage your pain have not been successful. Take charge of your (OA) pain and see what a difference it can make to your quality of life.

 




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