Osteoarthritis affects nearly 27 million Americans and is known as the most common form of arthritis. Arthritis brings on pain and stiffness in the joints as well as inflammation. There are many prescribed medication options that can help reduce the pain associated with arthritis, however, today we take a look at the natural treatment options for arthritis. We hope these tips help you feel better.
Believe it or not, carrying extra weight puts excess pressure on the joints. If you are not currently at your healthy weight range, you should consider losing weight and you may begin to see some improvement of your symptoms.
Heat and Cold
Using a heating pad can help ease some stiffness that is associated with arthritis of the joints. Cold therapy helps to reduce inflammation and stop the pain signals from reaching the brain. Both of these therapies are great options for arthritis.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment that uses very thin needles into specific points of the body. This helps to restore balance to the body. Dr. Arnold Weil offers acupuncture treatment at our Marietta location.
Did you know that regular movement can help your joints stay flexible? Swimming, walking, and yoga are three exercise options that can be very beneficial for arthritis sufferers.
Try regular massage therapy to assist with stiffness in the muscles and joints. Self-massage is another option if you learn from an expert.
Medical lotions are a great way to help with arthritis. Capsaicin cream, which is made from chili peppers, may be a good choice. If over the counter lotions do not help talk to your physician for medicated lotion options. These are great for people dealing with arthritis is one knee or location and not if the pain is in multiple locations.
Before trying a new supplement, cream, or exercise routine, it is important to discuss with your doctor whether it is right for you and your condition.