Natural Healing Methods for Osteoarthritis Palmer AK

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Bionic Chiropractic
(907) 745-4357
642 South Alaska Street Suite 100
Palmer, AK
 
Blue Mountains Wellness Studio
(907) 745-9050
1256 South Chugach Street
Palmer, AK
 
Alaska Center for Acupuncture
(907) 745-8688
642 S. Alaska St. Suite 208
Palmer, AK
 
2K1 Neat Things
(907) 357-2076
321 W Parks Hwy
Wasilla, AK
 
Alpine Chiropractic Center
(907) 376-2475
833 West Commercial Drive
Wasilla, AK
 
Alaska Imaging Associates LLC
(907) 745-7959
634 South Bailey Street
Palmer, AK
 
Anderson Curtiss R District Of Columbia
(907) 745-3245
939 South Dimond Street
Palmer, AK
 
All About Herbs
(907) 376-8327
535 West Parks Highway
Wasilla, AK
 
Desalvo Thomas J District Of Columbia Inc
(907) 357-7463
3060 North Lazy Eight Court Suite 14
Wasilla, AK
 
Flowering Fist Tai Chi and Qi Gong
(907) 775-2571
10927 Big Lake Road
Houston,, AK
Specialty
Tai Chi instruction
Gender
open to both men and women
Education
20 years experience

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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