While osteoarthritis is a chronic, progressive disease with no available cure, there’s a lot you can do to fight it. By taking action now, you can slow down the progression of osteoarthritis, manage the symptoms, and keep active. Take a look at some of the proven methods for fighting osteoarthritis.
Excess weight puts pressure on your joints, including those in your back, hips, knees, and feet. If you have osteoarthritis, every pound you lose is weight that your joints don’t have to carry. Weight loss is a proven way to reduce osteoarthritis pain and minimize damage to your joints.
This FDA-approved treatment for osteoarthritis combines injections of a natural lubricant into the knee joint with a comprehensive treatment plan to provide relief from osteoarthritis pain. The lubricant in our Knee Visc 5® treatment allows better mobility, while reducing the pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis and enhancing the healing of the affected tissues. The accompanying treatment program helps realign the joint and makes it possible to increase movement and return to the activities and healthy lifestyle you want to enjoy.
Some foods are well-known to fight inflammation throughout the entire body, including the inflammation of osteoarthritis. Try to add salmon, tuna, and other cold-water fish to your diet to take advantage of the omega-3 fatty acids they contain. Other anti-inflammatory foods include beans, green tea, olive oil, butter, and green, leafy vegetables. But avoid foods that can heighten inflammation, including fruit juice, egg yolks, deep fried foods, packaged baked goods, and red meat.
Movement Therapy and Stretching
Exercise programs that focus on stretching and deep breathing, such as yoga and tai chi, are shown to reduce osteoarthritis pain. If you opt for yoga, talk to your instructor about your osteoarthritis, and sit out any exercise or position that causes you to experience any joint pain.
The contradiction faced with osteoarthritis is this: You need to increase your mobility, but exercising can increase your pain. One solution is to focus on low-impact exercise, such as bicycling, swimming, and water aerobics. In these exercises, you strengthen the muscles surrounding the affected joint, but you don’t put excess pressure on the joint during the exercise.
At ViscoGen™, we are devoted to helping you fight osteoarthritis and slowing down its progress by all safe means, including our effective KneeVisc 5® treatment, which is proven to reduce pain and increase mobility. Contact us to learn about our comprehensive knee treatment plans for osteoarthritis.