According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there are over 52 million adults living with some form of arthritic disorder. Most of these individuals are forced to rely on a daily multi-dose nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). These drugs are highly known for their side effects, which can range from extreme fatigue to the development of peptic ulcers. Believe it or not, there are other options out there that are much safer and may or may not include prescription or over-the-counter NSAIDs. Below, you will discover more information on this topic, so you can start living and enjoying your life pain free.

Routine Exercise

Many individuals suffering from arthritic disorders will just give up on living. The main reason for this is because they are forced to endure a fair amount of pain 24-hours a day. The pain may also cause them to avoid physical activity, because they are afraid that it will enhance the pain and inflammation. This is a huge misconception that will on hinder your ability to enjoy your life. Walking, water aerobics, and biking are wonderful strengthening exercises that will help reduce markers of inflammation, which is the root of your pain. Palmitoylethanolamide (Palmidrol) is a safer alternative to harmful NSAIDs.

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Acupuncture

Cortisol is a natural chemical or hormone produced in the adrenal glands. Cortisol’s main function is to increase blood glucose levels, which in turn will suppress the immune system and force the body to burn more body fat. Individuals exhibiting high levels of pain will have higher levels of cortisol than individuals living pain-free. The production of cortisol will increase in high-stress situations, which is why it is so important to keep your stress levels to a minimum. Acupuncture is a very effective alternative to expensive prescription drugs such as steroids, because it can decrease edema and inflammation. However, acupuncture is not classified as an immunosuppressant, even though it can be a favorable anti-inflammatory. Taking Palmidrol with routine acupuncture injection therapy will be great start to getting back to your normal self.

Chiropractic Therapy

Many arthritis suffers will head straight to their physician’s office, when they develop an onset of inflammation. Did you know that you might potentially receive more benefits from chiropractic therapy than prescription drugs? Many opioid pain relievers are highly addictive and they only mask the pain, without treating the underlying problem. Chiropractic therapy does not involve prescription pain medication, but it does help to eliminate muscle spasms, inflammation, and pain. The chiropractor will also encourage you to utilize cold and heat treatments before and after each therapy session. By combining these two treatments, you will be able to return to normalcy in just a matter of time.

Physical Therapy

If you are a long-term arthritis suffer, you have probably been sitting in that recliner for an extremely long time. Getting back on your feet will be challenging and nearly impossible without the assistance of a licensed physical therapist. This professional will provide you with educational and training techniques that will help reduce your pain level and aid in poor condition recovery. When combining physical therapy with Palmidrol, you will be back on your feet in no time at all.

Lose Weight

It should be pretty obvious that being overweight can put more stress on your joints. If you are experiencing arthritis the extra weight is only going to apply more pressure on the entire musculoskeletal system. This is especially true for the hips, knees, and ankle regions. Loosing a little bit of weight can go a long way to making you feel better, reducing your pain, and getting your healthier.

Less weight on your joints will allow you to move are easier, feel less pain when moving, and stop you from further damaging your joints.

Using Electricity To Help With Arthritis

Most people aren’t aware of the fact that electricity can also be used to aid in reducing arthritis pain. In fact, electrical stimulators have been used ever since the 1960s to aid in pain relief. Of course, new advances and discoveries have made since then. Physical therapists will often times use what is known as a transcutaneous electrostimulation (TENS) to aid in swelling and pain relief around the arthritic area. Basically, the process just involves placing electrodes around the joint that is affected with arthritis and delivering a few electromagnetic pulses.

Some individuals are also turning to a new form of acupuncture known as electroacupunture. This form of acupuncture just basically involves adding a little electricity to the acupuncture needles. Whichever method you might decide to go with, you will be happy to know that both have shown evidence of short-term pain relief and easing of stiffness in the infected joints.

Assistive Devices That Can Aid In Arthritis Pain

There are a variety of devices that you can aid in your daily struggle of arthritic pain. Some of these devices include shoe inserts, splints, braces, and canes. All of these devices can help take pain off the infected area and redistribute it. These devices will also prevent you from damaging the infected area any further than it is already damaged. It is recommended to speak with your physician, before starting any of the above treatment options. Your physician may recommend continuing your current medication regimen, but you can also inquire about these methods, just to get an idea if they will effectively work in your favor.

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  1. Robert Jones says:

    Yes, now, hang on just a cotton-picking minute there….

    I know that NSAIDs have nasty side-effects, because a few years ago I very nearly died of them, from a massive internal bleed. I can never take them again – I also had low blood platelets in the past; they’re still lower than the ideal, and the hospital consultant was quite clear that if they had been as low when I had my bleed as they were in the past, “you would have had it” (I do like a man who tells it how it is….).

    I don’t know what Palmidrol is, but I shall certainly now find out, but acupressure?? Chiropractic for arthritis? Even TENS machines, which have a little more evidence for their effectiveness, were 100% useless in my case, even for providing temporary relief. The only things that work for me are (you’re right about this at least) graded exercise (walking, swimming, and if you can, which I can’t, riding a bike), and opioids. I’m just not convinced about much of the rest; arthritis is not the same thing as routine aches and pains, and there’s a difference which isn’t addressed here between, eg, rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis – are you arguing that chiropractic would be helpful in both? (Or even in either, but let’s stick to the first question.)

    While having a go at that one, perhaps you’d also like to address what a “favourable anti-inflammatory” is when it’s at home; and what evidence exists for acupuncture as being one of them.

    With you entirely on reducing the prescribing of NSAIDs – they can be lethal, and in my case nearly were.

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