Arthritis has always been considered to be part of the aging process, along with indicating to the patient that he cannot be as active as he/she would want to be. This however has changed. As new research and science has found ways to slow this degenerative disease down. The usual remedy for arthritis was bed rest but it is now shown increased bed rest can hasten the progression of the disease.

What Is Arthritis (other clinical names: Osteoarthritis; Degenerative Joint Disease; Spondylosis and Scelorsis)

“Arthritis” basically means “joint inflammation”. Although arthritis often begins in middle age and is more frequent in the older generation, it can also start at a young age where serious trauma has occurred at that particular joint. A simple and non- technical description of arthritis is basically when bone starts rubbing against bone. Either through joint dysfunction and irregular movement or due to the fact that every joint is lined with cartilage and when this cartilage starts to wear thin, inevitably bone will then articulate on bone. This is when intra-articular loose bodies will occur and the following signs and symptoms will begin to show:

Reason for the pain is the body detects damage within the joint and pumps large amount of synovial fluid into the joint space. So the pain is most noticeable after long periods of immobility. So when the joint starts to articulate, the fluid is very distended and pushes on the joint capsule. As the fluid starts to disperse itself the pain starts to alleviate as there is now less pressure within in the joint, reason being why your pain gets better after 20-30 minutes of activity

Should Arthritic Patients Exercise?

Exercise is crucial in successful arthritis management and treatment. It ensures healthy and strong muscles, joint mobility, flexibility, endurance, and helps control weight. Rest, on the other hand, helps to decrease active joint inflammation, pain, and fatigue. For best results, arthritis patients need a good balance between the two: more rest during the active phase of arthritis, and more exercise during remission. For patients suffering with severe arthritis, none loading bearing exercises would be the best such as aqua aerobics; swimming; elliptical trainer; ect. The following exercises are most frequently recommended for patients with mild to moderate arthritis:

Nutrition for the Arthritic Patient:

Some foods and nutritional supplements can be helpful in managing arthritis:

The benefits and risks of most of these agents are being researched. Before taking any dietary supplement, especially if you are using medication to control your condition, consult with your health care provider.

What Can Your Doctor of Chiropractic Do?

If you suffer from arthritis, your doctor of Chiropractic can help you plan an individualized exercise program that will:

Chiropractors can also give you nutrition and supplementation advice that can be helpful in controlling and reducing joint inflammation.

Through the specialized exercise program and nutrition supplements your body will be performing at its’ optimum so therefore have the ability to strengthen the joints and muscles effected by the arthritis.

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