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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Successful management of osteoarthritis

According to a recent article, osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a progressive, inflammatory condition that results from wear and tear on the joint cartilage. Currently, there is no cure for osteoarthritis. Consequently, it is very important to prevent damage and maintain joint health.

The article that I read explores the benefits of managing your symptoms with an alternative treatment, which involves a balanced overall health plan and pharmaceutical grade supplements. Due to success in clinical tests and a high level of safety, supplements such as chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine are gaining popularity among medical professionals.

Chondroitin sulfate is extremely safe because it has no drug interactions and may be an appropriate treatment option for individuals with diabetes and hypertension. Research has shown that when chondroitin and glucosamine are taken together, they have a modifying effect that reduces synovitis (inflammation of synovial membrane) and pain.

Of course, taking the supplements is just one phase of an overall joint health plan. In addition to glucosamine and chondroitin, the best way to prevent further damage is to rest joints, if pain begins, for about twenty-four hours. Additionally, an osteoarthritis sufferer should implement an exercise plan (approved by their physician).

After all, exercises such as walking, swimming, and biking help build muscle, manage weight, and improve endurance.

Naturally, if osteoarthritis pain continues, there are other options such as prescribed pain medications, cortisone shots, or even surgery.

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