Cartilage degeneration via osteoarthritis often stirs up pain. Augusta osteoarthritis sufferers feel this side-effect of osteoarthritis like disc and joint cartilage degeneration due to inflammation. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic cares for back pain, neck pain, arm pain and leg pain patients with osteoarthritis daily. Combining chiropractic treatment with nutrition like omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients like chondroitin/glucosamine often results in pain relief for our osteoarthritis clients.
OSTEOARTHRITIS (aka OA)
Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic typically sees osteoarthritis in patients when pain arises. Makes sense! Pain gets our attention, of doctors and patients alike. Osteoarthritis’s degenerative history tends to be longer than that of pain’s. The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA) is a disease that reportedly affects 13.6% of adults over the age of 20 (Canada & US). OA is explained as a low grade inflammatory process that interrupts cartilage synthesis, triggering degeneration of cartilage in joints. (1) Medical literature reported the presence of OA as being higher in those with osteoporosis. (2) Spinal discs are cartilaginous, too. Research also reported that OA’s degenerative effects result in articular cartilage and inflammation. (3) Newer studies have focused on the potential positive effects of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) on osteoarthritis while omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids were more damaging to cartilage. (1,3) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic presents what these PUFAs are and features their importance to our Augusta osteoarthritic patients.
OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS FOR OA
Omega-3 fatty acids’ benefits are defined in a variety of studies. Researchers stated that omega-3 PUFAs are known for their anti-inflammatory properties which may well regulate pro-inflammatory markers and cartilage loss. (1) In an investigation comparing edible oils of various omega 3 and 6 levels in osteoarthritic mice, the oils with higher omega-3 concentrations produced increased cartilage thickness and reduced tumor necrosis factor-A inflammatory markers in serum and cartilage tests. (3) Another such study comparing low to higher proportion of omega 3 to 6 diets showed that lower omega 6 to omega 3 intake diets improved cartilage structure, decelerated cartilage loss, and diminished inflammation. (2) Just adjusting dietary intake can help OA by eating fatty fish (salmon, mackeral, herring, oyster, sardines, etc.), flaxseed, chia seed, and some walnuts. Your cartilage will thank you! Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic formats Augusta chiropractic treatment plans to tackle inflammation and associated pain. Omega PUFAs help as can anti-inflammatory chondroitin/glucosamine supplementation in the nutritional part of the plan.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes how nutrition fits into The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to manage back pain and the inflammatory process and the immune system that contributes to it.
Schedule your Augusta chiropractic appointment today. When pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and inflammation are topics of daily conversations, share them with us! We will work together to decrease inflammation and pain.