Natural Healing Methods for Osteoarthritis Greenville NC

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Janice Daugherty
(252) 744-4611
600 Moye Boulevard
Greenville, NC
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)

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ECU Physicians - Family Medicine
(252) 744-4611
600 Moye Boulevard
Greenville, NC
Services
Women's Health, Weight Management, Supplements, Preventive Medicine, Pain Management, Nutrition, Metabolic Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Geriatrics, Functional Medicine, Family Practice, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Bio-identical HRT, Auriculotherapy, Acupuncture
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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Alternative Health Care at the Christal Fountain
(252) 439-4377
610 Lynndale Court
Greenville, NC
 
Back Pain Accident & Rehabilitation Center
(252) 355-5115
3100 South Memorial Drive
Greenville, NC
 
Massage Works of Greenville & Kinston
(252) 916-5675
104 East Victoria Court
Greenville , NC
Specialty
Therapeutic massage
Professional Memberships
AMTA

Susan Ehrlich
(252) 353-4968
2314-B Executive Circle
Greenville, NC
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)

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Braun Aleta Certified Reflexologist
(252) 355-5750
710 Cromwell Drive
Greenville, NC
 
Alternative Health Care Center
(910) 392-3770
4706 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC
 
Back Pain Clinic II Pennsylvania
(828) 254-1099
7 Beaverdam Road
Asheville, NC
 
Sara T Prescott, LMBT NC Lic#06410
(252) 714-8480
Greenville, NC
Greenville, NC
Specialty
Certified Prenatal Massage Therapist
Gender
female
Education
AAS in Therapeutic Massage

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Natural Healing Methods for Osteoarthritis

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About Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA, also known as degenerative arthritis , degenerative joint disease), is a condition in which low-grade inflammation results in pain in the joints, caused by abnormal wearing of the cartilage that covers and acts as a cushion inside joints and destruction or decrease of synovial fluid that lubricates those joints. As the bone surfaces become less well protected by cartilage,  pain is experienced upon weight bearing, including walking and standing. Due to decreased movement because of the pain, regional muscles may atrophy, and  ligaments may become more lax.

Symptoms

The main symptom is chronic pain, causing loss of mobility and often stiffness. "Pain" is generally described as a sharp ache, or a burning sensation in the associated muscles and tendons.

OA can cause a crackling noise (called "crepitus") when the affected joint is moved or touched, and patients may experience muscle spasm and contractions in the tendons. Occasionally, the joints may also be filled with fluid. Humid weather increases the pain in many patients.

OA is the most common cause of water on the knee, an accumulation of excess fluid in or around the knee joint.
 

Treatment

Generally speaking, the process of osteoarthritis is irreversible, and typical treatment consists of medication or other interventions that can reduce the pain of OA and thereby improve the function of the joint.

Natural treatment options may include:

  • Weight control
  • Appropriate rest
      • Acupuncture. 
        • A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of acupuncture for knee osteoarthritis concluded "clinically relevant benefits, some of which may be due to placebo or expectation effects" 
      • Heat. Heat can ease inflammation and swelling, and may improve circulation, which has a healing effect on the local area.
      • Regular exercise, if possible, in the form of walking or swimming, is encouraged. Applying local heat before, and cold packs after exercise, can help relieve pain and inflammation, as can relaxation techniques.
      • Dietary. Nutritional changes shown to aid in the treatment of OA include decreasing saturated fat and using a low energy diet to decrease body fat. A low fat vegetarian diet can reduce arthritis symptoms. A macrobiotic diet has been known to reduce symptoms as well.
      • Supplements.There have been several studies showing potential benefits of dietary supplements for treating OA . Potential treatment options may include:
        • Glucosamine. Supplemental glucosamine may improve symptoms of OA and delay its progression. The jury is still out as there are studies that show the benefit, while other studies conclude that glucosamine hydrochloride is not effective and that the effect of glucosamine sulfate is...

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