Cartilage degeneration via osteoarthritis often stirs up pain. Easley osteoarthritis sufferers feel this side-effect of osteoarthritis‘ inflammatory effects on disc and joint cartilage. Young Chiropractic cares for back pain, neck pain, arm pain and leg pain patients with osteoarthritis daily. Blending chiropractic treatment with nutrition like omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients like chondroitin/glucosamine often results in pain relief for our osteoarthritis clients.
OSTEOARTHRITIS (aka OA)
Young Chiropractic usually sees osteoarthritis in patients when pain arises. Makes sense! Pain grabs our attention, of doctors and patients alike. Osteoarthritis’s degenerative path is likely longer than that of pain’s. The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA) is a disease reported to affect 13.6% of adults over 20 years old (Canada & US). OA is explained as a low grade inflammatory process that interrupts cartilage synthesis, triggering cartilage degeneration in joints. (1) Medical literature reported the presence of OA to be higher in those with osteoporosis. (2) Spinal discs are cartilaginous, too. Research also reported that OA’s degenerative effects result in articular cartilage and inflammation. (3) Newer studies have centered on the possible positive effects of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) on osteoarthritis while omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids were more damaging to cartilage. (1,3) Young Chiropractic shares what these PUFAs are and emphasizes their importance to our Easley osteoarthritic patients.
OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS FOR Osteoarthritis
Omega-3 fatty acids’ benefits are listed in a variety of studies. Researchers wrote that omega-3 PUFAs are known for their anti-inflammatory properties which may well moderate pro-inflammatory markers and cartilage loss. (1) In an investigation assessing the impact of carious edible oils with different omega 3 and 6 levels in osteoarthritic mice, the oils with higher omega-3 concentrations resulted in increased cartilage thickness and decreased tumor necrosis factor-A inflammatory markers in serum and cartilage tests. (3) Another such study analyzed the effect of higher to lower proportion of omega 3 to 6 diets and found that lower omega 6 to omega 3 intake diets improved cartilage structure, decelerated cartilage loss, and diminished inflammation. (2) Just watching dietary intake can improve OA by eating fatty fish (salmon, mackeral, herring, oyster, sardines, etc.), flaxseed, chia seed, and some walnuts. Your cartilage will thank you! Young Chiropractic formats Easley chiropractic treatment plans to tackle inflammation and related pain. Omega PUFAs help as can anti-inflammatory chondroitin/glucosamine supplementation in the nutritional part of the plan.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes how nutrition blends into The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to manage back pain and the inflammatory process and the immune system that contributes to it.
Schedule your Easley chiropractic appointment soon. When pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and inflammation are topics of daily conversations, share them with us! We will work together to reduce inflammation and pain.