Arthritis and Naturopathic Medicine
Dr. Samantha Ristimaki, BSc, ND (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine)
• Do your hands ache when you get up in the morning?
• Have you noticed you can’t move around like you used to?
• Are you looking for alternatives to the standard pain medications to help you deal with arthritis?
• Do you have a strong family history of arthritis and are wondering how you can help prevent it?
75% of the Canadian population over the age of 50 is afflicted with arthritis. If you or someone you love suffers from this painful, debilitating condition, naturopathic medicine may be able to help slow down and perhaps reverse the disease process. By rebalancing your body chemistry, the pain and inflammation associated with this disease can be relieved.
COMMON TYPES OF ARTHRITIS
Older adults commonly suffer from osteoarthritis as it can be described as a ‘wear and tear’ form of arthritis. It occurs when the matrix of cartilage in weight bearing joints demineralizes leading to bone brittleness and bone spurs. Patients usually experience the worse stiffness when they first get up in the morning along with painful or limited range of motion. It usually does not usually affect all joints at once and is more common in the hands and knees.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the whole body. It typically affects the hands, wrists, feet, ankles and knees but may also include the shoulders and hips. This form of arthritis is considered an autoimmune disease which means the body starts to attack its own joints. The constant state of inflammation in this disease results in joints that are tender, swollen and almost constant pain and stiffness. As the disease progresses, joint deformities may occur.
NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE CAN HELP
Slowing the degeneration of joints and managing pain are the primary goals of treatment. Naturopathic medicine utilizes specific nutrition, vitamin supplementation, botanical medicine, acupuncture and lifestyle counseling to achieve better joint health. The patient’s level of pain and joint deterioration will help guide the development of a treatment plan. Helping the body to rebuild its vitality in order to allow for healing and repair to occur is the primary goal of naturopathic medicine.
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