Natural Treatment Options for Arthritis

ArthritisIn the previous post, I discussed the differences between osteoarthritis, which is the gradual degeneration of cartilage and bone at the joints caused by wear and tear, and autoimmune arthritis, which occurs when the body’s immune system attacks normal cells at the lining of joints.

Most people think the default treatment for arthritis is a pain-relieving pill. After all, every case of arthritis involves joint inflammation. A variety of anti-inflammatories can be used to reduce inflammation, and because various forms of arthritis can cause severe pain on a day-to-day basis, pain medication can indeed be part of a treatment plan.

However, medication is not the only treatment option. At Natural Healthcare Center, our goal is to minimize the use of medication and stimulate the body’s natural healing powers, whether we’re treating arthritis or any other condition. Osteoarthritis, like any condition that ends in “itis,” is an inflammatory disorder and should be treated nutritionally with an anti-inflammatory diet.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Arthritis Explained: A Simple Definition and Common Forms

ArthritisAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one out of five adults American adults have been diagnosed with arthritis. By 2030, this percentage is expected to jump to two out of three adults as our nation’s population ages.

The word arthritis has a very literal definition. It combines the Greek word for joint (arthron) with the Latin word for inflammation (itis). General symptoms of arthritis, or joint inflammation, include redness, swelling, pain, heat and stiffness.

Arthritis isn’t just one disease. More than 100 medical conditions are classified as arthritis.

The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis. This is the “wear and tear” arthritis developed by most people over 50 as cartilage breaks down.

Osteoarthritis is usually found in the hands, knees, hips or spine, although it can occur in any joint. Common causes of osteoarthritis include obesity, injury, an inflammatory diet, genetics and repetitive use of a joint over a long period of time, often from a physically strenuous job.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.