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Stuff You Need to Know About Arthritis

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“I’ve got some arthritis in my spine but it’s just normal aging.” some will say.


“Hogwash!”, I say.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this statement in response to arthritis in the neck or lower back.  The incongruity of this statement is that some joints look good while others have arthritis.  How can this be due to normal aging when both the good and the bad are the same age? Impossible!  This kind of arthritis, osteoarthritis, is due primarily to joint dysfunction.  Here are some things you ought to know about arthritis


  1. It often doesn’t hurt – About 70% of the time, there is no pain with arthritis.
  2. It gets worse over time – Because it’s a degenerative condition, if the joint dysfunction isn’t corrected, time will make it get worse.  Arthritis is common but it’s definitely not normal.
  3. Arthritis does damage nerves – The joint damage also includes the thousands of nerve endings in the joints.  Without these nerve endings your joints decay faster.
  4. Drugs make it worse – The drugs people take to make them feel better actually eat away at the cartilage making it worse in the long run.  These kinds of drugs are called NSAIDs and include Ibuprofen, Aspirin, and Advil.
  5. Nutritional supplements are better – Fish oils and glucosamine work better at helping symptoms and keeping joints healthy.
  6. Chiropractic adjustments help – Joints love to move.  When they move well, they hurt less.
  7. Food allergies can be a problem – Some of us have allergies to dairy or wheat which can trigger autoimmune type disorders that selectively attack our joints leading to or making worse arthritis.


In the end, arthritis is a symptom of the problem, not the problem itself.  If this is an issue for you, can you think of steps you can take to make things better?


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