Arthritis pain is a very common complaint. I will see it almost daily in my practice. People often seek treatment for it because no one wants to be in pain. Well, what is the cause of the arthritis? You may be given a diagnosis of arthritis from an x-ray but rarely is a cause given other than it is “degeneration of the joint”. Well this degeneration has been going on for a long time before the diagnosis occurs. It usually begins with a soft tissue injury to the joint, that is, an injury to the ligaments or tendons that form the joint. Injured or weak ligaments cause the joint surfaces to sustain trauma. The body tries to repair the joint by adding more bone to the joint surface and you have the beginnings of osteoarthritis. The pain of arthritis is from the joint surfaces, tendons and/or ligaments. Medical doctors will often prescribe anti-inflammatories which, in the short term, can relieve the pain, but in the long term can cause weakening of the ligaments of the joint which makes the original problem worse! There is natural relief from the pain of arthritis.
- Prolotherapy/Prolozone: These injection therapies treat the root cause of arthritic pain by strengthening the connective tissue, therefore stopping the degenerative process and eliminating the pain.
- Supplementation: I have designed an orthomolecular protocol for treating arthritis that is available.
- Diet: The foods you eat can aggravate arthritis. Some of my patients respond to the use of an "Anti-arthritic diet".