When your back or neck aches, you may reach for pain relieving medications. While they can help, experts suggest trying nondrug treatments first. For both short-term and longstanding low back pain, for example, the recently updated guidelines by the American College of Physicians recommend starting with therapies such as heat, massage, exercise and spinal manipulation.
Women who eat a healthy diet appear to have a lower chance of getting rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (January 2017). People with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis face a higher risk than the general population for bone fractures. After joint replacement surgery, some people are sent from the hospital to a rehabilitation facility for a short stay.
Treating the pain and functional limitations of joint conditions like arthritis and back aches requires a multipronged approach. This may include exercise, weight loss, pain medications and other approaches. Many people turn to supplements for added pain relief. Should you?
Many people mistakenly believe that gout is caused by overindulging in rich foods. But this is not true. What you eat and drink doesnt cause gout. But people with gout do need to pay attention to their diet and lifestyle, both to prevent flare-ups and for general good health.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends a bone density test of the hip and spine for all women age 65 and older and all men age 70 and older. They also recommend testing for postmenopausal women under age 65 who have risk factors for osteoporosis. Fish oil is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which the body needs but cannot manufacture. Omega-3 fatty acids are involved with brain function, growth and development. They also help reduce inflammation. Being deficient in these fats can lead to health problems, including heart disease.
Youve had physical therapy and you exercise regularly. Youve lost weight. You take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as ibuprofen. Perhaps youve also had a corticosteroid injection. Yet pain in your knee from osteoarthritis continues to impair your ability to function the way you want. If this in any way describes you, viscosupplementation may be an option.
Vitamin K is an essential nutrient for the body, playing a role in both blood clotting and healthy bones. It comes in two forms. Vitamin K1 (also called phylloquinone) is found in green leafy vegetables. Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of foot pain, especially near the heel. It is named after the structure thats affected.
Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which is necessary for healthy bones. In 2010, recognizing that the recommended dietary allowance of vitamin D-at the time 400 IU per day-was too low, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) raised it to 600 IU per day for people up to age 70 and 800 IU per day for people over age 70. According to Dr. Deal, some people need evenmore.
Some people with painful arthritis look to Eastern medicine for added relief. Chinese herbs, for example, offer the promise of a natural remedy for symptoms. They are natural and can be effective. They are also serious medicine and should be treated as such. Even though you can go online or to a store to buy Chinese herbs, including formulas touted for helping arthritis, you shouldnt.
Calcium and vitamin D are both essential for bone health. Current guidelines recommend that women age 51 and older and men age 71 and older need 1,200 mg of calcium a day, and men age 51 to 70 need 1,000 mg a day. Your body cannot make calcium. Ideally you should get calcium from the food you eat. Dairy products are the richest source. Youll get about 415 mg of calcium in 8 ounces of plain, low-fat yogurt, about 293 mg in 8 ounces of reduced-fat milk (2% milk fat) and about 307 mg in 1.5 ounces of cheddar cheese.
Everyone develops eating habits, and yours may be supporting a weight that is too high. To lose weight and keep it off, dont go on a specific diet, says Cleveland Clinic dietitian Margaret Zeller, RD, LD. Instead, be aware of your calorie intake and make changes to your eating habits that promote weight loss and good health.
Browsing through bins of fragrant fruits and vegetables at the farmers market on a hazy summer morning seems a million years away right now. As the winter months yawn on forever, the cold seeps into our bones, and yes, definitely our arthritic joints. Luckily, what Mother Nature takes away in warmer temps, she gives back with seasonal fruits, vegetables and other foods that pack a powerful anti-inflammatory kick. Cleveland Clinics Wellness Enterprise Medical Director, Roxanne B. Sukol, MD, explains why winter superfoods are helpful and how to incorporate them in your diet.