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Are there Early Treatments for Arthritis?

By Anonymous February 14, 2009 - 2:30pm
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Are there Early Treatments for Arthritis?

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There is nothing like "prevention" but early life changing interventions can give people suffering from early stages of arthitis a chance to prevent further joint damage. Arthritis is linked to high fat diet or other products that promote an internal acidic environment in the body. Other possible causes is emotional stress, poor digestion due to increased intestinal permeability and bacteria imbalance. Later in life, hormonal imbalances and excess body fat (which places extra stress on joints) will contribute to the develpment of arthitis.

1. Increase pH blood levels
2. More raw greens, fresh fruits and elimination of animal fat on diet
3. Stress reduction
4. Exercise
5. Omega 3 -fish oils
6. Glucosamine sulfate
7. MSM supplements
8. Turmeric or Bromelian supplementation

February 16, 2009 - 11:31pm
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It is actually my Mother that is having issues with her hands....She was a typer for 30 + years and had several issues with pre-arthritis conditions such as pain when it rains and horrible pains in the morning.

Thank for the information, I will pass it along.

February 15, 2009 - 12:00pm

The school of thought for treating arthritis is that is should be treated as early as possible (like most diseases and conditions, actually!). There are so many different types of arthritis, as well as treatment options. Did you have a specific type of arthritis that you are concerned about, and are wondering how to treat it early or how to prevent its progression?

John Hopkins Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Center says it best: "the goal of treatment [for specifically rheumatoid arthritis] now aims toward achieving the lowest possible level of arthritis disease activity and remission if possible, the minimization of joint damage, and enhancing physical function and quality of life."

"The optimal treatment of RA requires a comprehensive program that combines medical, social, and emotional support for the patient."

"Strategies are all aimed at reducing pain and discomfort, preventing deformities and loss of joint function, and maintaining a productive and active life. Inflammation must be suppressed and mechanical and structural abnormalities corrected or compensated by assistive devices."

"Treatment options include medications, reduction of joint stress, physical and occupational therapy, and surgical intervention."

This last sentence probably gets at the heart of your question. There are many treatment options, and equally as many different goals for each treatment option. For instance, one treatment goal may be to help alleviate disease progression, another to reduce inflammation, while another is to increase social support and provide resources to the patient. How "early" each of these treatments are applied depends on the presenting symptoms, the disease progression, and numerous other factors discussed between the patient and doctor.

We can help you find information on different types of treatment options, if you'd like! What symptoms are you having? Have you been diagnosed with arthritis?

February 15, 2009 - 8:44am
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