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Osteoarthritis knee pain can be managed with regular exercises that can strengthen the knee joint, improve the flexibility, and build the muscles around the knee. Some of the exercises that you can practice include knee squats, quad stretch, step ups, straight leg raise (sitting and lying down), knee strengthening exercises, legs cross exercise, and hamstring stretch.
Knee osteoarthritis can be difficult to live with. But, a few eating habits can relieve it. Reduce your calorie intake to lose weight and reduce any strain on your knees. Increase your intake of vitamins C, D, E, and K to improve mobility and reduce pain. Include vegetables like broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and cabbage in your diet to prevent cartilage damage. Cook on low heat with olive oil to reduce inflammation and joint stiffness.
Osteoarthritis may be incurable but a combination of conventional medication and alternative therapy can offer relief from pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints. Herbs such as capsaicin, ginger, Indian frankincense, and turmeric can be included in your diet directly or as supplements. A regular exercise regimen including strengthening and aerobic exercises and yoga will keep you mobile. In addition to eating healthy to fight arthritis from the inside, plan your diet based on Ayurvedic principles. Acupuncture, massage therapy, and thermotherapy can also help.
Glucosamine, a chemical that’s naturally present in your body, plays an important part in building ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and the fluid that surrounds and cushions your joints. Glucosamine supplementation may improve conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, both of which are characterized by stiff and painful joints. It may also ease symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease, minimize relapse in multiple sclerosis, help wounds heal, and reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. If you have it in the knee, it can be hard to walk or climb up stairs. Treatment should focus on reducing inflammation and pain. Aside from exercise, foods can help. Anti-inflammatory nutrients include omega-3 fats in salmon, vitamin K in leafy greens, and sulforaphane in Brussels sprouts. Oxidative stress may worsen knee osteoarthritis, so eat oranges and almonds for anti-oxidative vitamins C and E.
Willow bark is known as nature's aspirin because of the presence of salicin in it. It is an effective pain reliever, prevents heart attack, aids weight loss, treats acne, prevents osteoarthritis, and reduces gastrointestinal distress.
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Fish oil's benefits are due to its omega-3 fats that lower triglycerides and the bad cholesterol, reduce anxiety and prevent Alzheimer's, and lower cancer risk of the breast, colon, and prostate. They can also replace the anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat arthritis. If you're diabetic or on blood-thinners, avoid fish oil. If you are not, take it with antioxidants in a dose not more than 3 g a day unless so advised by your doctor.
For anyone who is suffering from osteoarthritis of the hand, the confirmation that LLLT can have a lasting effect on reducing pain and increasing joint mobility will be a welcome news.
Long-distance running doesn't stress the knee joints greatly or hike the risk of osteoarthritis (OA) as it involves longer strides and a short ground contact. In fact, running over 1.2 miles a day lowers the risk by 15 percent, by reducing weight and fortifying the muscles, joints, and cartilages. But accompanied by factors like poor running form, injuries, OA genes, or osteoporosis, it may raise your risk.
Rich in sesquiterpenes, this antiviral superfood protects against rhinovirus, helps better food absorption by aiding predigestion, reduces high BP and fasting sugar levels and lowers cholesterol. It also prevents and treats morning sickness in pregnant women. An anti-inflammatory food, it allays osteoarthritic and menstrual pain and inhibits production of enzymes that cause dementia. Eat 1 gm ginger daily.
Contrary to popular belief, running does not increase the risk of osteoarthritis – but does just the opposite! For middle-aged runners, not more than 1 to 2.5 hrs of running thrice a week is advised. If you’ve been physically active all your life, there is no reason to stop. If you are a beginner, start slow and don't exert yourself beyond mild breathlessness. Get all health parameters tested before you start.
MYTH: Repeated jerking of the knee is believed to cause knee osteoarthritis. Exercises like running and jogging actually increase cartilage volume – a good thing for your joints. Running incorrectly or overexertion can cause problems. Obesity can cause trauma to your joints and lead to bony spurs. Don't run on concrete, wear the right shoes, take breaks, and don't overdo it (more so if you're overweight).
Arthritis is painful, and it gets worse with age. Most people accept the pain as part of life and take medications to keep it...
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