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Alternative Treatments for Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition that affects the musculoskeletal system, specifically the joints. It is characterized by inflammation of the joints, which is often accompanied by pain, swelling, and restriction of movement. There are more than 100 different forms of arthritis and related conditions including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, and gout (gouty arthritis). All of these conditions can cause pain. Depending on the form of arthritis, the causes may vary.

Controlling this type of pain is important since it can seriously affect your day-to-day life. Nowadays, more and more arthritis sufferers are turning to alternative treatment methods to relieve the pain and discomfort. HealthQuest provides effective treatment for patients living with arthritis pain.

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Alternative Treatment Methods

Whatever the condition may be, alternative treatments are found effective in controlling arthritis pain. If you are diagnosed with this disorder, we recommend one or more of the following treatment options to reduce your symptoms.

  • Glucosamine, Chondroitin Sulfate, MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are natural substances that are found in healthy cartilage. Dietary supplements such as glucosamine are effective alternatives, which are safe to use and with far less side effects. These nutritional supplements have anti-inflammatory effects, and help to slow down or prevent the degeneration of joint cartilage, which is the underlying cause of osteoarthritis pain.

  • Hyaluronic acid joint injections
  • Hyaluronic acid is a substance present in the fluid of your knee, which helps in protecting the joint. If you are an arthritis patient, the hyaluronic acid becomes thinner. These joint lubrication injections are effective to treat knee pain caused by osteoarthritis. The doctor would provide the injections into the knee joint space using ultrasound guidance to make sure that the fluid is placed in the area where your cartilage is damaged most.

    Different brands of hyaluronan include:

    • Synvisc
    • Hyalgan
    • Supartz

  • Anti-Inflammatory Diet
  • Following an anti-inflammatory diet and low glycemic index (G-I) diets can reduce long term risks associated with arthritis of almost any type.

  • Weight Loss
  • Extra weight causes the cartilage to break down faster than usual, which can often lead to inflammation and pain. Weight loss is the big factor in pain relief. Lifestyle changes, moderate exercise, diet, and weight control can help reduce the stress on your joints.

  • Topical Analgesics
  • If your pain is mild and if only a few joints are affected, then topical pain relievers or topical analgesics are better options to manage your pain. These are available in the form of creams, salves, or gels. Capsaicin creams are effective pain relievers for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Electrotherapies - TENS units, IFC, and GS
  • A non-invasive pain relief technology, electrotherapy has been found to be useful in the management of arthritic pain such as back pain, neck pain, or other joint pains. TENS unit is one of several kinds of electrotherapy devices used for pain relief.

All these alternative treatments are offered at HealthQuest. All of these treatments may apply to all joints with the exception of injections, which we limit to the knee joint.

Our specialists provide effective arthritis treatment and all the support patients need to help them get back to their normal life. Call 718-769-2521 or e-mail us at info@hqbk.com to schedule an appointment.