For relief of arthritis we have many remedies. Some arthritis remedies are natural remedies and some are medications. Remedies that relief pain of arthritis without drug ingestion are considered as natural remedies of arthritis. Wide ranges of natural remedies are available. These natural remedies are for rheumatoidarthritis, gout, knee arthritis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, ankle arthritis and so on. These are discussed below.
Education of patient about the nature of disease, investigation, treatment , possible outcome can be useful to improve patients compliance to therapy thereby improve outcome. A physical therapist can help a patient to be educated and have an appropriate designed therapy. Information and therapist contact can reduce pain and disability, improve self efficacy and reduce the health care costs of arthritis. The mechanisms are unclear but in part may result from improved adherence. Benefits are modest but potentially long lasting, safe and cost effective. Education can be provided through one to one discussion, written literature, patient led group education classes and interactive computer programs. Inclusion of the patient’s partner or caregiver is often needed.
Aerobic fitness training can reduce pain and long term disabilities. This exercise includes walking, swimming etc. It improves well being, encourages restorative sleep and benefits common co morbidity such as obesity, diabetes, chronic heart failure and hypertension.
Local strengthening exercise of muscles can improve muscle strength ,improve proprioception , reduce pain, disabilities for over compromised joints . ‘Small amounts often’ of strengthening exercise are better than long exercise performed infrequently.Both active and passive exercise are helpful. Regular exercise may be brisk is more helpful than irregular strenuous exercise.
We should not let our compromised joint to do a lot of works. Or after initial impact we should be careful not to get same impact again. We should perform our works using other joints or at least work of the joint should be divided to other joints or appliances. Use of shock absorbing footwear with thick soft soles can reduce impact loading through feet, knees, hips and back, and improve symptoms at these sites. A walking stick held on the contra lateral side takes the weight off a painful hip, knee or foot.
Obesity aggravates pain at most sites of the body through increased mechanical strain and is a risk factor for more rapid progression of joint damage in patients with arthritis. This should be explained to obese patients. Strategies include Weight loss diets, drugs like sibutramine , Orlistat, surgery like gastric banding, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass , Sleeve gastrectomy etc
Personal life changing
The person is asked to reduce excessive alcohol intake, especially beer. In case gout Thiazide diuretics should be stopped if possible and substituted with angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, as these have a uricosuric effect.
Right food can aid reduction of pain. In case of osteoporosis patient should be asked to take foods containing calcium like milk, phytoestrogen containing soya protein, fluorides. In gout patients should be advised to avoid large amounts of seafood and offal, which have high purine content, but a highly restrictive diet is not necessary.
Hot and cold therapies
Hot water bag can be used for application of heat therapy. It can reduce pain and inflammetory edema. You can also use cold bath, ice compression to apply cold therapy . This also serves same purpose.
Acupuncture is an oldest way to get relief from arthritis pain. Several study showed it is effective natural remedy while others denied it.
Infrared therapy and short wave ultrasonography
This two also can reduce arthritis pain.
Hydrotherapy induces muscle relaxation and facilitates enhanced movement in a warm, pain relieving environment without the restraints of gravity and normal load bearing.
Relaxation therapies are also proved to reduce arthritis pain.
Then provide rest of joint by cast, back slab, slings etc. Elevation of limbs can be helpful to reduce the inflammetory edema, reduce hematoma. Wrist splints, knee orthoses, and iron and T straps etc can help rest affected joint.
Self-help and coping strategies
The aim is to increase self management through self assessment and problem solving, so that patients can recognize negative but potentially remediable aspects of their mood (stress, frustration, anger or low self esteem) and their situation (physical, social, financial). These may then be addressed by changes in attitude and behavior.
It may be hard to believe but it is true that those can’t relieve patient’s arthritis pain. Those are claimed as natural remedies but how those work no one know. Herbal medicines are plant extracts that contain dozens of chemicals whose actions are unknown. So who feel better are having placebo effects. Although some people assume that remedies used for centuries must be safe, we have learned in recent years that many traditional herbals have dangerous, and even fatal, side effects.
Aids and appliances can provide dignity and independence to patients with respect to activities of daily living. Common examples are a raised toilet seat, raised chair height, extended handles on taps, a shower instead of a bath, thick handled cutlery, and extended ‘hands’ to pull on tights and socks. Full assessment and advice from an occupational therapist maximize the benefits of these.
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