Arthritis is the degeneration of a joint and the related pain.
There are many types of arthritis and osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common. Osteoarthritis can be caused by trauma, joint overuse, infections, and poor diet.
Osteoarthritis is a progressive disorder that results when the hyaline cartilage, which allows joints to move (articulate) freely, undergoes degenerative change. This change results in the destruction of cartilage and the development of conditions such as bone spurs. It occurs in both men and women, and is a natural result of aging. Individuals in their 20s and 30s may have joint changes and by their 50s and 60s symptoms frequently occur.
NSAIDs (e.g., aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, indomethacin) are often used to treat the pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis. However, there are often side effects, due to the drug itself or to the high dosages required. Studies indicate that NSAIDs not only reduce the ability to repair cartilage, but also increase the degeneration process. While NSAIDs may provide symptomatic relief, they may, in fact, worsen the condition.
Naturopathic Treatment options can include; dietary changes can provide the proper nutrients needed to repair damaged joint tissue and eliminate foods that can damage joint tissue; supplementation to support joint repair and fight inflammation; and therapies such as acupuncture and low level laser, neural prolotherapy (SPNI), prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma to more aggressively support joint healing
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