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Arthritis

  1. 1. © Copyright 2010 Preventicare® Publishing Drug-Free Management of Arthritis
  2. 2. © Copyright 2010 Preventicare® Publishing What is Arthritis? <ul><li>The term arthritis encompasses a range of conditions affecting the joints </li></ul><ul><li>Arthritis is a painful condition that can interfere with quality of life </li></ul>
  3. 3. © Copyright 2010 Preventicare® Publishing The Dangers of Painkillers Painkillers may provide temporary relief but carry many potential risks: <ul><li>Paracetamol (acetaminophen) is linked to hypertension, and overdose causes liver failure </li></ul>
  4. 4. © Copyright 2010 Preventicare® Publishing The Dangers of Painkillers <ul><li>NSAIDs can cause peptic ulcers and increased danger of heart attack </li></ul><ul><li>Opioids commonly cause constipation, nausea and drowsiness and are highly addictive  </li></ul>
  5. 5. © Copyright 2010 Preventicare® Publishing Chiropractic and Arthritis Chiropractic can ease arthritis by relieving pain from other disorders 
  6. 6. © Copyright 2010 Preventicare® Publishing Chiropractic and Arthritis Chiropractors treat vertebral subluxations , spinal dysfunctions that can cause musculoskeletal pain.
  7. 7. © Copyright 2010 Preventicare® Publishing Chiropractic and Arthritis <ul><li>A recent study shows chiropractic care helps arthritis patients </li></ul><ul><li>250 osteoarthritis patients got moist heat therapy alone or plus chiropractic over several weeks </li></ul><ul><li>The chiropractic group experienced faster and more pain reduction, better range of motion, and more ease in daily living activities  </li></ul>
  8. 8. © Copyright 2010 Preventicare® Publishing More Ways to Fight Arthritis <ul><li>reducing joint pain and stiffness </li></ul><ul><li>strengthening muscles around joints </li></ul><ul><li>increasing flexibility and endurance </li></ul><ul><li>counteracting inflammation </li></ul>Regular cardiovascular, resistance, and stretching exercises also relieve symptoms of arthritis by:
  9. 9. © Copyright 2010 Preventicare® Publishing More Ways to Fight Arthritis <ul><li>A balanced diet supports overall wellness & deters complications related to obesity </li></ul><ul><li>Poor vitamin intake can hasten progression of osteoarthritis </li></ul>
  10. 10. © Copyright 2010 Preventicare® Publishing More Ways to Fight Arthritis <ul><li>Helpful supplements for arthritis include: </li></ul><ul><li>glucosamine suplhate </li></ul><ul><li>diacerein </li></ul><ul><li>green tea </li></ul><ul><li>ginger </li></ul><ul><li>turmeric </li></ul>
  11. 11. © Copyright 2010 Preventicare® Publishing More Ways to Fight Arthritis <ul><li>Other promising therapies include: </li></ul><ul><li>massage </li></ul><ul><li>acupuncture </li></ul><ul><li>transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>For more on drug-free management of arthritis, please pick up a copy of the corresponding OHU handouts. </li></ul><ul><li>Look to the OHUs for citations to research on this topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Share the OHU handouts with friends, family, co-workers, etc. Just let us know how many you need. </li></ul>© Copyright 2010 Preventicare® Publishing Pick up a Copy of the OHU

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