How do I manage osteoarthritis?

Alternatives to drugs include supplementation with essential fatty acids (salmon oil, flax, evening primrose), vitamin C, Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate and enzymes, to name a few. It is also possible to identify foods that trigger the inflammatory response. Common problem foods include dairy, wheat, red and green peppers, eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes and citrus. Applying cold packs to swollen joints for 10 minutes several times a day will often relieve acute arthritis pain. Alternating cold and warm packs (10min./10min.) can also reduce joint pain. Investing in household apliances, such as jar openers can make life easer. Avoid grasping or twisting objects, and when lifting remember to distribute weight evenly. Maintaining good posture and resting periodically throughout the day can help alleviate osteoarthritis symptoms. Maintaining a healthy weight through a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine will also minimize arthritis symptoms by reducing stress on the joints. Keeping joints moving is the key. Receiving therapy from a chiropractor or massage therapist to maintain joint movement will assist in preventing the progression of joint degeneration and loss of range of motion. Arlington Family Chiropractic is able to assess your needs and design and supervise a treatment program for you.