Foods to ease Arthritis Pain

10 Foods To Ease Arthritis Pain

Foods To Ease Arthritis Pain

Arthritis, where “Arthr” means joints and “itis” means inflammation. So any kind of persistent joint inflammation qualifies as arthritis. If you feel pain & stiffness around your joints or have trouble moving around you might have Arthritis. There are different types of arthritis like rheumatoid Arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, and so on depending on the cause.

If you suffer from Arthritis, there are certain nutritionally powerful foods that can ease your joint pain and slow down the progression of the Arthritis. Here is list of some food item commonly used in our kitchen which eases arthritis pain and inflammation.

food to ease arthritis

1. Fruits: All the fruits have health benefits however some have components that help lower inflammation associated with arthritis. All kinds of berries like blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries are loaded with antioxidants & ascorbic acid which provide arthritis – fighting power by reducing the risk of inflammation.

Pomegranates are rich in tannins and can fight the inflammation of arthritis. Watermelon reduces the risk of low levels of inflammatory marker CRP (C reactive Protein) and can reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Avocados & tart cherries also have good anti-inflammatory effect and decrease the risk of joint pain in osteoarthritis. Include these fruits in the diet for good joint cushioning & ease in pain.

2. Vegetables: Consumption of anti – inflammatory vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage can help the patients to manage Arthritis. These veggies are part of the cruciferous family, and they are full of a compound called sulforaphane, which helps slow cartilage damage in joints. Beans like red beans, kidney beans, pinto beans can help lower your levels of C-reactive protein (CRP — a sign of inflammation).

3. Whole grains: Incorporating variety of whole grains such as sorghum, rice preferably brown rice, whole wheat flour, millets, barley, quinoa into your diet can add extra nutrient and may help lower CRP levels.

4. Oils: Extra virgin olive oil contains oleocanthal which has anti – inflammatory properties. Canola oil, Walnut oil & fish oil are all rich sources of omega 3 & 6. As many researches showed that Intake of omega 3 slow down the production of chemicals that raise inflammation and it block the enzymes which trigger it.

5. Spices: Turmeric contains curcumin and ginger has chemicals which help to reduce inflammation and improve RA symptoms. Both the spices are widely used in Indian & Chinese cuisine.

6. Nuts & Seeds: Walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds & sunflower seeds are excellent source of Omega 3. Researchers studying their effects have found they lower C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation linked to increased risk of arthritis and cardiovascular disease.

7. Fish: Fatty fishes like salmon, herring, sardines, and mackerel are all rich source of omega 3 which can decrease inflammation. Fatty fish also contains Vitamin D, which help prevent swelling & soreness. Include twice a week in your diet and don’t overcooked it.

8. Garlic & Onions: This allium family contains sulfur, which help to fight joint pain & reduce inflammation. Healthy joints depend on healthy cartilage. Inflammation can cause cartilage and joint damage.

9. Green tea: Researches show that certain anti-oxidants present in green tea reduce risk of severity of arthritis. Include non – decaffeinated green tea as decaffeinated version requires processing that will wipe off certain good nutrients.

10. Probiotics: Probiotics can reduce the progression & symptoms of the disease. So incorporate curd, kefir drink & kombucha tea in your diet.

Sciatica

What Is Sciatica?

Sciatica uncoded

It is quite common that a back pain is accompanied by a leg pain or a progressive numbness in the legs. But, for those people, taking back pains for granted, this new weird kind of pain forces them to seek medical help. This running pain down the legs is commonly referred to as Sciatica. It may affect people of any age group but it is mostly common among the working age group.

Sciatica

The term Sciatica originated from Sciatic nerve, which is the main nerve controlling sensations and the movements of our lower limbs. The nerve is made from many smaller nerve roots coming out of the lower spinal cord which in turn join hands to form the sciatic nerve. We refer to pain sensations perceived in the region from where sciatic nerve carries signals, as Sciatica. Since sciatic nerve is made from different nerve roots, any irritation of a single root can also cause sciatica. Even a small inflammation affecting the nerve roots or anywhere along the course of sciatic nerve would cause sciatic pain.

Reasons of sciatica

Slipped disc or disc herniation:

spinal disc herniation

This the most common cause and one generally comes across in working individuals. This is caused due to tear in the covering of the disc through which some of the disc material comes out. This initiates severe inflammation which irritates and puts pressure on the neighbouring nerve which results in chronic back pain with a pain running down the legs.

Degenerated spine:

Spinal Canal Stenosis

This is more common among elderly population where due to ageing there occurs some changes in form of growth of tissues in the spinal canal. This narrows the spinal canal where the spinal cord rests. Eventually, this starts compressing on the nerves so much so that the person gets pain or heaviness in legs after walking for some distance. This is a progressive condition where the person cannot move without pain.

Inflammation: Many a time inflammation in the lower back muscles from usage or some trauma leads to tensing of the muscles and generate pain in pelvis and legs. Other joints of pelvis and lower discs if inflamed due to some infection or trauma may also cause pain in the legs.

Spinal canal

There are many methods apart from the clinical examination, which is the most important, for the diagnosis of sciatica. Mri of the spine and electrophysiological studies of the nerve helps in defining the area of conflict which is causing the pain. These areas are then specifically treated for the relief of the symptom due to the nerve compression.

Treatment for sciatica:

Traditionally sciatica was treated conservatively especially in the younger population. A surgery was avoided in view of the risks involved. And this reason applied to both the surgeons and the patients to avoid a surgery even if it meant living with some pain. But when the pain didn’t improve or the progressive numbness or weakness in the legs ensues it becomes necessary to do an open spine surgery. And this is followed till date and practised.

sciatica treatment

During the recent time the newer ways of treatment for the same conditions came into being in form of minimally invasive endoscopic procedures where the same objective is achieved without cutting open the spine or damaging its integrity. These so called interventions are much safer and carry minimal risks to the patient. This could be said to be a treatment which addresses the fears of the patient yet treating him effectively. These stitchless endoscopic procedures are intended to be targeted and precision driven. The lesser invasive nature causes lesser collateral damage in return and enables the patient to go home in a short time after the surgery just like a sci- fi movie.

Staying pain free is a human right and I believe no one should be left out with a chance to treatment especially the working and the elderly people who are left out citing the complications of an open spine surgery. This fast growing minimally invasive interventions would definitely bring a positive change and a ray of hope in the lives of people who are living with pain of sciatica.

bursitis

What Is Bursitis?

What is Bursitis Doc?

what is bursitis doc

It is one of the most frequently used term used during any Consultation done for joint pain, often patients they failed to understand. So here we are to address this issue today so that none of our followers remains unaware and could discuss this matter with more confidence with your clinician.

Definition – Inflammation of the bursae is called as bursitis. Typically, bursae are the fluid-filled spaces at joints and muscles and helps in cushioning or greasing.

These are part of normal structure that vary in size and located around joints across body and contain varying amount of fluid depending on the locations, like in joints its volume is around several ml whereas in muscle’s its so minimum that we need to take help of sophisticated imaging to see them. As discussed, these are normal part of system but it becomes significant when its inflamed and start signalling us in the form of Pain.

Most Common Locations of Bursae –

The most common locations where we can find them are

elbow
Elbow
hip
Hip
shoulder
Shoulder
knee
Knee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although there are neumerous other places but in clinics, almost 90% of patients present with these joints.

How to find if it is troubling you (Diagnosis)

There are few tips and tricks to diagnose it with good probability

  • Affected joint will look swollen
  • Very painful movement or when you press that joint
  • You won’t be able to lie down on that side
  • Redness maybe there
  • Feels stiff with movements.
  • There might be some rashes
  • Pain that gets better with rest and ice, get worse with work

When it comes to definitive diagnosis we have to take help of advanced imaging like – MRI or MSK – Ultrasound (Xray are not really helpful).

Bursitis – Causes and Treatment

Basically it developes due to over stress or repetitive stress injuries, trauma, Inflammation due to diseases (diabetes, arthritis, overweight and others), age, Occupation. Bursitis is simple to treat but it takes time depending on causative factors. But before treatment we would like to emphasise on Prevention as it’s the best cure. To prevent Bursitis to happen keep few things in your Mind, use paddings to distribute pressure, if you are putting a lot of pressure on joints (elbow – software professionals), ergonomic consideration while lifting weights, maintain your body weight in normal range, take frequent breaks during repetitive gestures, stretch and exercise properly. We assure you if you follow these advices you will never have to reach us. For person who is already suffering we have solutions for them like –

Medications –

Medicines like pain killers and antibiotics can do wonders in selected patients. (cautious use is recommended and please do not self medicate)

Physical Rehabilitation –

One of the important pillar of treatment which helps our patient naturally and without any side effects.
Assistive devices like canes or crutches may help you in coming out from it.(cautious use is recommended)

Steroids Injection And Surgery –

Although many clinicians prefers these options but we will recommend strictly not to go ahead with them as they are associated with wide variety of side effects and complications.

Regenerative Medicine –

One of the nobel and natural way of treatment. There are wide spread data available from many reputed universities and now is the preferred and most advanced treatment option to handle these situations. Regenerative therapy options like Plasma Lysate, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and SCP (Super concentrated Platelets) are US-FDA approved and recommended options for bursities nowadays.

If you think you have bursitis kindly visit your doctor and ask them – what is bursitis doc, and discuss these things with them. Stay healthy.