Osteoarthritis is one of the common forms of arthritis. It is mostly referred to as wear and tear arthritis because it causes the friction in the joints which results to tearing and wearing of the protective cartilage. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body but the commonly affected joints include the knees, hand, neck, lower back, and the hips.
In America about 21 million men and women have osteoarthritis.
Symptoms of arthritis include inflammation, joint pain, and swelling on the affected area. The symptoms usually don’t appear until you reach the age of 40 or 50 and above but most affected people will show symptoms after the age of 60.
There are some people who have osteoarthritis but don’t experience any symptoms.
Osteoarthritis can be managed using different medication and in some cases the doctor may recommend a surgical procedure for patients who experience mild symptoms. Home remedies can also be used in treating osteoarthritis. Some of these home remedies for osteoarthritis include:
#1 Staying active. Being involved in exercise can be helpful in keeping your joints more flexible, building the muscles which help in protecting joints, strengthening the tissue surrounding the joints and also encourage nourishment of the cartilage. Exercises can be recommended by occupation therapist and they are mostly to avoid further damage.
Staying active can also ensure that your joints don’t get stiff which can worsen the symptoms. Exercises that can be helpful in keeping you active include jogging, swimming, running, stair climbing, walking, light weight lifting, jumping rope and cycling. You should also avoid over exercising as this can result to injuries or worsen the symptoms.
#2 Eat a balanced diet. You should ensure your daily diet consist of food that are rich in nutrients that help in building and keeping your joints and the whole body healthy. Foods that are rich in Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, sulphur, vitamin D are good for building the bones and keeping them healthy. You should also ensure you meet the required daily intake (RDI) everyday so that your body can have enough minerals to work effectively. Foods are good for building and keeping your bones healthy include green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kales, broccoli and milk.
#3 Watch your weight. You should avoid habits that can lead you to adding weight. If you are heavy you put a lot of stress on the joints which can result to wearing and tearing of the cartilage.
#4 Use ice and heat therapies. Combination of both ice and heat in relieving pain, swelling and inflammation. In case of ice therapies ensure you wrap the ice in a piece of cloth then put it in the affected area. Avoid putting the ice directly on the affected area as this can cause ice burns. You can the ice for about ten minutes. After cold therapy you can also apply heat therapy for about 10 minutes too.
#5 Consume a lot of anti-inflammatory foods. Anti-inflammatory foods help in relieving inflammation which is one of the major symptoms of osteoarthritis. Some of anti-inflammatory foods include ginger, turmeric, onion, cinnamon and borage.
#6 Massage. Massage is one of the oldest forms of body treatment. Massages help in improving the blood flow in the body thereby resulting to enough nutrients taken to the areas where they are required. These nutrients help in the healing process of the affected area. Massaging the affected area helps in reducing the inflammation. The massage can be done using mustard seed oil which is effective in reducing arthritis pain and inflammation. You can do this by heating the oil until it gets a little warm and then rubbing it gently on the affected area. Alternatively eucalyptus oil can be used but it does not need to be hot.
#7 Sleep well. You should ensure you have enough sleep so as to rest the joints from working. Some joint pains are usually as a result of overworking the joints.
#8 Orthotics use. Using orthotics can be helpful in treating osteoarthritis.
#9 Stay positive. The feeling that you will get well can actually get you feeling better therefore it is advisable to avoid situations that can make you develop a negative attitude.
#10 Joint supplements. Joint supplements products which contain chondroitin and glucosamine can be helpful in managing the systems of osteoarthritis.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money buying medication that don’t deliver what they promise, why don’t you try these home remedies.