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Can Turmeric Help Arthritic Pain?

In the pain world today, we are always trying to find new ways to treat pain with fewer side effects and risks. One of the natural remedies known to help tame arthritic pain is Turmeric. Turmeric is a spice that is available in supplement form, but is also the main ingredient in widely used curry powder.

Turmeric has proven to reduce inflammation.

     The term arthritis means there is inflammation in a joint. Turmeric has properties that can reduce this inflammation, subsequently alleviating pain. It has been commonly used in Chinese and Indian medicine for years. New research reveals it is nearly compatible to Ibuprofen, without the increased side effects.

Talk with your provider if you are considering use this supplement.

    Although Turmeric is considered generally safe, it can pose a risk of GI side effects. Some nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea have been reported in individuals. In addition, it can act as a blood thinner. Therefore, it is important to talk with your provider if you are considering trialing this supplement to ensure it is appropriate.

In summary, Turmeric is in no way a “cure it all” method of pain relief. However, it could aid in providing better pain control for individuals who suffer from arthritic discomfort. Talk with your provider today if Turmeric is something you feel you could benefit from.

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Not all arthritis is created equally.

     The term arthritis refers to inflammation in joints leading to increased pain. There are multiple types of arthritis with the most common being Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis. While some symptoms such as joint pain and stiffness are present in both diseases, their cause, progression and treatment differ.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is commonly referred to a degenerative arthritis.

    The cause is usually secondary to wear and tear of the protective cartilage over the joint. Diagnosis can be made after review of x-rays, but is largely based on physical exam. There is currently not a cure. However, treatment is aimed at decreasing inflammation through anti-inflammatories and procedure-based interventions with steroids.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder.

    This means the body’s own immune system attacks the joints. Diagnosis is commonly made after review of blood work that tests for a specific antibody. Multiple joints can be affected and may have associated systemic symptoms such as a muscle aches and fatigue. In addition, some patients experience signs and symptoms outside of their joints (skin, heart lungs, etc.) Treatment is similar to OA. However, other medications termed Biologics, are used to suppress the immune response and alleviate pain. Just as with OA, there is no current cure for RA. There are groups of physicians called Rheumatologists that specialize in auto-immune disorders such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and typically manage treatment.

Talk with your provider today about management of your arthritis and treatment options.

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