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Arthritis

Dr. Yores’ interest in sports medine and orthopedics makes this an area of expertise. His patients have experienced a high degree of success with his treatments.

Over 90% of the population suffers from some form of arthritis. Daily activity puts tremendous strain on our joints. Over time this can lead to damage resulting in Degenerative Joint Disease, more commonly referred to as Osteoarthritis, or simply the wearing out of joints. This is the most common form of arthritis.

The symptoms of Osteoarthritis include:

  • Joint stiffness
  • Joint swelling
  • Joint Deformity
  • Joint Pain

Your doctor can diagnose this form of arthritis clinically and you may need to be referred for X-rays, which may reveal the extent of the arthritis.

Nutrition

A healthy diet is the starting point for any heath concern. A diet rich in whole foods goes a long way. Focusing on a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, low-fat sources of protein and complex carbohydrates will provide you with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are essential to good health.

With respect to arthritis, however, there are some specific dietary recommendations. It is very important to limit sources of fats such as dairy and fatty meats as these potentiate an inflammatory response thereby aggravating the arthritis.

To summarize: a health promoting diet should consist of whole (unrefined) grains, high quality sources of protein such as soy, poultry, nuts and seeds (particularly flax, pumpkin and sunflower), legumes and fish, and lots and lots of fruits and vegetables.

Dietary supplementation may be an important recommendation for someone suffering from arthritis. Some of the frequently used supplements include:

  • Fish oil
  • Glucosamine
  • Chondroitin
  • MSM

Herbal Medicine

Throughout history there have been many herbs used successfully in the treatment of arthritis. Some of the most commonly prescribed herbs for arthritis are:

  • Devil’s Claw
  • Ginger
  • Cayenne
  • Curcumin

Some of these herbs contain anti-inflammatory substances. Some may cause digestive discomfort and should be used under medical supervision.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM pain, stiffness, soreness and redness of the joints represent an obstruction in the flow of energy (Qi) through the body. Qi is a core substance that flows throughout the body providing nourishment to the organs and removing waste. Any obstruction in this flow is problematic. This is what produces the symptoms of arthritis.

The practitioner uses a variety of tools including acupuncture, herbs and cupping (to name a few) to remove the obstruction in the flow of this vital substance, which not only treats the arthritis but also restores the health of the individual as a whole.

Homeopathy

The following lists some of the more commonly used remedies for arthritis. This list is for general interest only and it is strongly advised that you seek the care of a qualified Naturopathic Doctor or Homeopath to select a remedy that is specific to your particular case.

Aconite: redness and swelling of the joints that is worse at night, unsteadiness of the knees.

Bryonia: Joints are red hot and swollen, stiff and painful knees, every spot on the extremities is painful with pressure.

Rhus-tox: Rheumatic pain over the extremities that is better with motion, tenderness in the knee joint and stiffness of the limbs.

Ruta: Pain from the back down hips and thighs, pain and stiffness in wrists and hands. Silicea: Pain through hips, legs and feet, cramps in calves and soles.

Page Last Updated: October 25, 2009

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