Arthritis: Effective treatments & therapy

Arthritis directly affects more than 10 million people in the UK. There are a number of treatment options, including non-surgical solutions provided through stem cell and shockwave therapy.

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A widespread problem in the UK

Arthritis is a very common condition, is not a single disease; it is a generic term referring to joint pain or joint disease.

There are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. The most common forms of Arthritis cause pain and inflammation in a joint. In the UK, more than 10 million people have some form of arthritis, ranging from mild to severe and debilitating.

Have you been told that drugs, steroid injections or surgery are your only options to treat your Arthritis? LifePlus Stem Cell therapies provide a non-surgical alternative that uses your own cells to repair damage.

What causes arthritis?

Arthritis is a very common condition that causes pain and inflammation in the joints. Arthritis can affect one joint or multiple joints. There are many types of arthritis, with different causes, the two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by ‘wear and tear’, it is more common in older age and in women. Osteoarthritis affects the smooth protective cartilage lining of the joints which makes the joint difficult to move, painful and stiff.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, the immune system attacks the joints, causing inflammation, pain and swelling. Women are much more likely to be affected. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of the joints and can result in joint deformities. Rheumatoid arthritis may cause problems with other tissues within the body.

What does arthritis pain feel like?

Arthritis pain can vary from person to person, some describe it at a dull ache or burning sensation. People can experience soreness and stiffness when they first wake up, or for example get out of a chair after a period of sitting. Often, pain will start when you have been using a particular joint a lot, for example walking or painting.

What are the non-surgical options for arthritis?

Surgery may be needed in more severe cases. Before considering surgery it is advisable to look into non-surgical treatments, those seeking alternatives to surgery may choose Stem Cell therapies.

Which vitamins and supplements can help against arthritis?

Vitamins with anti-inflammatory properties can help with mild symptoms of arthritis. The following four have been well researched for their ability to treat arthritis pain:

Vitamin D

A Vitamin D deficiency is associated with the development of osteoarthritis as well as autoimmune arthritis, such as psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Low vitamin D levels are also associated with more the worsening of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. People who have kidney, bone disease, cancers, or calcium disorders should talk to their GP before taking vitamin D supplements.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate

Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are found naturally in human cartilage. Some clinical studies suggest they may provide modest pain relief by helping to rebuild worn cartilage in arthritic joints.

Important note: seek advice from your GP before taking glucosamine supplements, those with allergies to shellfish should consult their doctor as glucosamine is derived from shrimp and crustaceans.

Turmeric

Evidence suggests that curcumin which is found in turmeric root has anti-inflammatory properties, you would need to consume a lot of the root to see any benefits so it’s more advisable to take a daily supplement.

However if you are prone to iron deficiency seek medical advice before taking these supplements, some research indicates curcumin may inhibit the body’s ability to absorb iron, so please consult your GP.

Fatty acids Omega-3

Research indicates that omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties. Most omega 3 supplements come in the form of fish oil. However, there are Omega-3 supplements derived from plants, such as flax seeds. Omega 3 is not recommended for people taking blood thinners, always consult your GP.

It is important to note that supplements are not a quick fix and may not provide any relief at all, or may take months. It is therefore advisable to combine supplements and a healthy diet with other treatments.

Alternatives to arthritis surgery and steroids:

  • Lifestyle adjustments and rest
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Pain relief medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Extracorporeal Magnetotransduction Therapy (EMTT®)
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)

Common arthritis conditions include: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis

Stem cells can be through injections directly into the arthritis joint. Many physicians use medical imaging, such as ultrasound, in order to deliver cells precisely to the site of cartilage damage.

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