Arthrosis or osteoarthritis is a disease that is frequently diagnosed in the adult population, especially in postmenopausal women. The problem lies at the time of treatment.
Although it is true that pain can be reduced by more than 50% with the appropriate techniques and medications, the disease currently has no cure, so we must treat it properly to live with it.
If you have been diagnosed with Generalized Osteoarthritis, do not be scared because, in this article, you will learn how to eliminate the pain caused by this condition.
Critical features of generalized osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that affects the joints of our entire body. The disease is characterized by pain, stiffness and loss of mobility of the affected joint.
Over the years, the disease has become more aggressive, appearing the so-called generalized osteoarthritis.
This condition mainly affects postmenopausal women due to the loss of calcium and other minerals that occur in the climacteric.
Other risk factors are advanced age (over 65 years) and obesity cannot be ruled out since the extra weight causes the joints to suffer irreparable damage, especially the hip, knee and spine joints.
Can arthrosis or osteoarthritis be prevented?
During my student years, one of my professors frequently said: “… There is no better disease than the one that is not treated…”. This speaks to us about prevention.
And it is that osteoarthritis is a preventable disease in many cases.
Weight loss is the best way to prevent osteoarthritis, without a doubt. Regular exercise and a healthy diet are the keys to losing weight.
In postmenopausal women, vitamin supplements and products that provide abundant calcium, such as dairy products, are usually indicated.
An important aspect is the work environment since osteoarthritis secondary to trauma often develops. You must use the appropriate means of protection and avoid accidents.
How do you eliminate the pain of osteoarthritis?
Generalized Osteoarthritis How to Eliminate Pain?
As we mentioned at the beginning of this post, osteoarthritis has no cure, and the treatment of the disease is based on reducing pain and preventing disease progression. Treatment is divided into pharmacological and non-pharmacological.
Pharmacological treatment of osteoarthritis
As in most chronic diseases, osteoarthritis has periods of crisis where the pain becomes more acute. In these crises, using anti-inflammatories is the best solution: Ibuprofen and Naproxen are good options.
In some cases, it is necessary to stop and go the consumption of opiates such as Tramadol or Morphine; these medications should be used only in cases of excessive pain since their consumption is addictive.
Non-pharmacological and complementary treatment aims to prevent the progression of the disease. The practice of physical exercise, mainly walking, helps reduce joint ankylosis:
Ankylosis is the worst complication of osteoarthritis, as it is characterized by a complete loss of movement of the affected joint. Physical exercise also helps reduce body weight, avoiding obesity.
The other point is that food, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in fat and carbohydrates, makes us maintain adequate body weight. Water is our primary source of minerals, critical in caring for our bone health, so good hydration is essential.
Osteoarthritis and alternative medicine
The consumption of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is one of the best ways to eliminate the pain of osteoarthritis, but with a high price:
A frequent complication of using these medications is the appearance of gastroduodenal ulcers, which are very painful and difficult to manage, requiring surgery in some cases.
Due to this, doctors must recognize the support that Alternative Medicine offers to the treatment of osteoarthritis:
One of the best ways to relieve pain is using medicinal hemp, CBD or cannabidiol.
Cannabidiol is very helpful in treating chronic pain and is much less addictive than opiates. In addition, there are few adverse effects and contraindications of this 100% natural drug.
Acupuncture is a technique that can be used to treat pain, especially for osteoarthritis of the spine. It is essential to know that this technique must be applied by qualified personnel because if not, it can do more harm than good.
Hydrotherapy (use of water for therapeutic purposes) is a technique with good results in treating knee osteoarthritis, considerably reducing pain and inflammation.