Natural Supplements for Arthritis

Natural Supplements for Arthritis

For those living with arthritis, everyday pain management is essential to minimizing joint damage and maintaining your quality of life. Adding low impact exercises that protect the joints, a healthy and balanced diet to aid in weight management, and over the counter pain medications to your daily routine are common recommendations for managing arthritic pain. But did you know that there are also natural supplements for joint pain that can also help by reducing inflammation? We sat down with our founder, Robert Dean, M.D., and asked him what natural supplements he most commonly recommends for his patients to help manage daily joint pain so they can keep living an active lifestyle.

“Living with arthritis does not have to completely sideline your life,” says Dr. Dean. “The key is to change your daily routine to focus on staying active while protecting your joints through low-impact exercises, maintaining a healthy weight to reduce the amount of stress you put on your joints, and managing your pain through stretching and the over-the-counter pain medications suggested by your doctor. I also like to recommend natural supplements not only to aid with joint pain but also for other health benefits that are beneficial to us as we age healthily.”

Before we dove into which natural supplements for arthritis he recommends, Dr. Dean reminded us that you should always consult with your doctor or health care provider before adding any of these to your daily routine – whether you add them as foods to your diet or as supplements taken in the form of pills/capsules. This will ensure proper dosage and take into consideration your specific condition and needs.

 

Natural Supplements for Joint Pain

Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Consumption of fish oils or Omega 3 Acids has been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties while also having a positive impact on cardiovascular health. Natural sources of Omega-3 are found in cold-water fish such as salmon, trout, and sardines. If your diet is plant-based, sources include flaxseed, chia seeds, and organic soybeans. Not a fan of any of these foods? Over the counter supplements such as Fish Oil are another popular way to get Omega-3 Fatty Acids.

Garlic – More than just delicious flavors and smells, garlic has many health benefits including the potential to decrease some of the inflammatory markers associated with arthritis! While eating fresh, organic garlic is the preferred way to get your daily dose, there are odorless soft gel supplements available for those who aren’t a fan of the taste.

Green Tea –  With powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, green tea is a popular natural supplement for those with arthritis. It’s also been shown to have a variety of other health benefits, including the potential to aid in weight management. While it is most commonly enjoyed as a hot and soothing beverage, there are supplements available in the form of capsules for those who don’t care for drinking tea.

Turmeric – While Turmeric is well known as a household spice, it also has many health benefits including helping with joint and arthritic pain. Its main active component is curcumin which, on top of being what gives turmeric its bright yellow color, has many anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, one study from the Mayo Clinic found that taking turmeric extract three times a day was comparable to taking a 1,200 milligrams dose of Ibuprofen daily. For those with less than stellar culinary skills, or for those who aren’t fans of its flavor, supplements in the form of over the counter pills are available as well.

“Natural supplements like these are a healthy addition to your daily routine and can help aid arthritic pain,” says Dr. Dean. “When paired with other best practices around exercise and diet, you will not only help to reduce inflammation, but you will also get other health benefits.”

What if implementing all of the best practices for managing joint pain isn’t working?

“In this case, you should address the situation with your doctor sooner rather than later to reduce continued joint damage,” he says. “While at-home management is a good thing, it won’t be a solution for everyone. Each individual case must be assessed by a doctor to determine the best path forward.”

How does Dr. Dean handle these evaluations?

“When I evaluate patients, my goal is to be thorough and transparent because ultimately, we want to avoid joint replacement surgery which is invasive and carries some risks,” he says. “If I see that an individual’s damaged joint can be treated with the AROmotion treatment, which is a non-surgical outpatient procedure, then I know that we can address their pain non-invasively. If we cannot treat their condition, then I will give them a recommendation on how to proceed that’s best for them. Of course, my goal is to help as many patients as possible to avoid surgery so they can recover quickly and get back to doing what they love.”

If you are living with joint pain that has worsened or reached the point where at-home management is not working, or if you have been told you may need a total joint replacement, it may be time to set up a free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion, a non-surgical procedure that he developed to stop joint pain fast with lasting results. Just fill out the form below to get started!

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What Causes Joint Pain?

Rendering of Joint Pain in the Knee

Written by Robert Dean, M.D.

Joint pain is one of the most common health-related issues affecting people today, and it often prevents them from enjoying their lives to the fullest. In order to effectively treat joint pain, we must first understand the root cause of it. The causes can vary widely, from something as simple as overuse to inflammation to gout, or even to an infection inside of the joint. In this blog post, we will talk about some of the more common causes of joint pain that bring patients to our offices for our minimally-invasive procedure.

At AROmotion, our patients present with knee, hip, or shoulder “joint” pain. However, often these pain symptoms are not truly inside of the joint, but rather outside and around the joint. They may involve the overlying tendons, ligaments, or bursa that live next to and around the actual joint. So, the most important first step in evaluating a person’s pain is to determine whether it is truly the joint that is source of the pain!

A “true joint” is composed of the two bones and lubricating fluid inside of a joint capsule. It is important to know that the bones are covered with a hard ceramic/Teflon-like coating called Hyaline Cartilage (click the link here to dive deeper into the topic with Science Direct). Hyaline Cartilage is critical since bone is alive with sensory nerve endings and blood vessels. So, for any condition to cause joint pain, it must agitate or stimulate those pain-sensing nerves that are inside of the bone underneath of the hard Hyaline Cartilage. (By the way, this Hyaline cartilage that I’m describing, this hard Teflon like coating, is the same type of cartilage you will see on the end of a chicken bone! That hard rubbery cartilage on the tip of the bone is in fact the Hyaline cartilage.)

Joint pain typically involves inflammation or swelling inside of this joint capsule, which puts pressure on the Hyaline Cartilage coating the bone. When the pressure is severe enough, the pain-sensing nerves inside of the bone will be agitated and transmit pain signals to your brain. So, for example, if you do a lot of yard work like raking and digging, you overuse the hip and shoulder joints. This overuse will cause inflammation and swelling inside the joint capsule. This puts pressure on the Hyaline Cartilage and the nerve endings underneath. Pain signals will transmit to your brain stiffness and soreness and if severe enough actually pain.

Hyaline Cartilage
Image of Hyaline Cartilage

There are many conditions that lead to symptoms of joint pain. So, in the end, it is the pressure and agitation to these sensory nerves that tell you that the joint hurts!

Simple injuries, like accidentally dropping something on your hand or twisting/spraining your knee or ankle can also cause joint pain. This is because there’s a direct force to Hyaline Cartilage and to the bone underneath, agitating those pain-sensing nerve endings. The painful nerves trigger inflammatory cytokines that will cause the joint to swell. Cytokines in an acute setting or one-time setting, like a knee sprain, are actually a useful part of the healing process. In chronic arthritic syndromes, however, it is this pain that perpetuates the cycle of inflammatory cytokines via a neuropeptide called Substance P which is secreted by the agitated sensory nerve endings. Nerve pain – Substance P - Inflammatory Cytokines  swelling that leads to more nerve pain. The cycle of pain and inflammation smolders as a feedback loop in chronic joint pain conditions!

Summary:

From garden variety Osteoarthritis to more complex diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis, infection, or even cancer, joint pain is always the end result of the agitated sensory nerve endings inside of the bone.

The most important point is that most joint pain is our body’s response to something irritating the sensory nerves inside of the bone. There’s always a cause and an effect. The only way you’re going to have true joint pain is by irritating and stimulating the pain-sensing nerves in the bone underneath of the protective Hyaline Cartilage. 

Any other pain that you may be experiencing from a “joint” is most likely outside of the joint and not truly joint pain. Rather, it is a result of painful tendons, ligaments, or bursa near or around the area. So first the diagnosis of joint pain needs to be correctly made and then the workup and diagnosis of the underlying cause of the pain will direct proper medical treatment.

This is where AROmotion comes in. If you are experiencing joint pain and have been told to either treat the pain with over-the-counter medications or that you may need joint replacement surgery, contact us today for a free consultation. One of our board-certified physicians will talk with you and determine if you are a candidate for our minimally-invasive procedure that stops joint pain and gets you in and out of our office the same day, with minimal recovery time. Simply fill out the form below to request your free consultation with us today.

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Robert Dean, M.D., is board-certified in internal medicine and leads the practice at AROmotion. Since 1997, Dr. Dean has helped patients in clinical practice and has given numerous talks at various medical conferences. He has traveled around the world with the Starkey Hearing Foundation helping to give the gift of hearing. He. was voted one of the Top Doctors in Florida by his peers and is known for his ability to simplify conditions and treatments from confusing medical jargon for his patients.