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Treating Osteoarthritis (OA):
It has been commonly thought that OA is irreversible; however, advances in orthopedic treatments, regenerative medicine, nutritional science, physical therapy and related fields indicate that people can improve joint function and experience a reduction in pain. Treatments vary by individual and often a combination of treatments are used. Here are a few:
Contrast Therapy: Alternating hot and cold-pack treatment or alternating soaking in warm and cool-water baths can reduce stiffness, inflammation, and pain level. Soaking can also be done in mineral-infused water (aka, balneotherapy). Another form of contrast therapy involves applying a warm compress to the joint for five minutes and then covering it with a thin, cold towel for ten minutes.
Aquatic Therapy: Exercising in the water, including swimming and water aerobics, enhances pain management, mobility, and increased sense of wellbeing.
Muscle Strengthening: Strengthening the muscles and connective tissue around the affected joint helps improve strength and range of motion, reduces pain and swelling, and can prevent further breakdown of the cartilage. An exercise program may include yoga, tai chi, or strength training and should be designed by a physician or physical therapist who is knowledgeable about OA and your personal lifestyle goals.
Lifestyle Support: If you smoke, focus on reducing and ultimately quitting. This will reduce the inflammatory load in your body. Eat a healthy diet consisting of healthy fats, clean meat, poultry and fish, and plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. Cut out grains and sugar as they contribute to inflammation.
Nutritional Supplements: Glucosamine, a compound found in certain marine animals (there is also a vegan form), is one of the most frequently used supplements worldwide due to its chondroprotective properties (ability to delay joint deterioration and narrowing). Always check with a holistic physician before taking nutritional supplements.
Conventional Medicine for OA: Orthopedic interventions can include the use of anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant, and pain medicine, some of which may cause unwanted side effects (drowsiness, upset stomach). Joint lubrication injections of cortisone are common. Knee and hip joint replacement surgery can be life-changing for people who have tried other approaches, including holistic, and are still suffering.
Since 2002, we have been treating patients for a number of ailments, many of whom have been or are dealing with osteoarthritis. We have seen great improvements in our patients and would love to help you with what you’re dealing with as well. Our office is located in South Central Austin, Texas. Give us a call, we’d love to see you and get to the source of what you’re dealing with.
Douglas and Vanessa Rutkowski, LAc, Dipl OM, MSOM, ACN, ART Practitioners
Tigerlily Wellness & Acupuncture
2111 Dickson Drive, Ste. 26
Austin, TX 78704