Depending on your actual diagnosis, there are many things you can do for yourself that will aid in treating your condition. However, it is important to note that these should not be considered a replacement, rather a supplement for treatment. We will discuss common at-home treatments below, however, you can discuss additional at-home treatments with one of our providers during your appointment after we find your specific diagnosis.
At Home Exercises
Chronic pain often prevents people from being as active as they want to be. In fact, because arthritis has been labeled as a wear-and-tear condition many falsely assume that the more active they are the worse their condition becomes. In truth, “motion is lotion“, an active lifestyle is healthier for your joints. We can provide personal exercises specific to your diagnosis during your appointment.
A healthy diet and weight correspond with healthy joints. Weight loss greatly contributes to pain reduction, specifically in your back, hips, knees, and ankles. Because of this, one of our services is medical weight loss. As you move towards a healthier diet, consider the following additions and restrictions that aid in joint pain specifically.
- Cutting out sugar in your diet as it is a natural pro-inflammatory.
- Taking natural anti-inflammatories such as; Fish oil, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, ginger, SAM-e (S-adenosylmethionine), etc.
- Taking natural substrates (building blocks) for cartilage and joints such as glucosamine, chondroitin, and HA.
Please keep in mind that oral supplements are significantly less effective than injectable treatments. Though they may still benefit you, they should be considered a supplement to injectables rather than a replacement. When ingesting a supplement, a very small amount (if any) actually makes it to the treatment area before being broken down in the body. This is why injectable treatments are by far more reliable as they administer the treatment directly into the desired area.