Lately, more and more patients in the U.S. struggle with osteoarthritis (O.A.). This degenerative disease affects the joints by causing inflammation, swelling and pain. Living with such disease is very hard, but there are some treatments that relies on conventional medicine and some lifestyle changes.
Of course, medication can get you rid of the pain, but have you ever thought of the side-effects? On the other hand, home remedies alongside with lifestyle changes can help you a lot in managing OA pain.
Don’t get me wrong! There’s no natural remedy that can replace your medication, but they will certainly provide you more relief from this degenerative disease.
The best treatment for OA is prevention, however if you are confronting with joint pain and swelling you should know that changing your lifestyle may improve considerably your condition.
Below, you have some beneficial changes and home remedies that will help you cope with osteoarthritis pain. However, talk to your doctor before trying any natural remedy.
1. Hot And Cold Compresses
Heat is helpful for joint stiffness, and cold compresses are best for joint pain. Compresses can reduce muscle pain or spasms surrounding a joint. Making a compress can be as simple as using a warm or cold towel.
2. Epsom Salt Bath
The magnesium found in Epsom salt will provide relief from joint pain and will also help with inflammation and swelling.
These baths are safe enough to take as often as you’d like for 30 minutes at a time. Use 2 cups of Epsom salt in a bath of warm water at a temperature of about 102°F
3. Topical Ointments And Creams
For instance, you can try Vicks Vaporub! Apply a small amount over the painful area and give it a gently massage until the cream penetrates deeply into the skin. Or you can make your own topical ointment based on capsaicin! See recipe here.
Curcumin is the active compound in turmeric. It’s is part of the ginger family, but may help OA by reducing pain and stiffness during a flare-up.
You can add 1 teaspoon of turmeric in a glass of warm milk and drink it 2 times a day.
Some Lifestyle Changes For OA
1. Keep Yourself Active
Exercise can be difficult with painful joints. But staying active can reduce pain in the long run, and even strengthen muscles to prevent further joint damage. The best exercises for OA are:
- bike riding
- tai chi
2. Have A Balanced Diet
A balanced diet will help you lose weight and make you feel better. You can try eating:
- citrus fruits
- fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids (tuna, salmon, mackerel)
- green tea
- low-fat dairy products (calcium and vitamin D may promote joint and bone health)
- plant-based oils made from avocado, olives, safflower, and walnut
3. Check Your Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight will improve your joint considerably. Some experts say that each pound of body weight puts the equivalent of three to six pounds on joints. So, try to balance your diet if your dealing with OA.