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What is The Arthritis Cure?

Although the supplements called glucosamine and chondroitin have received much attention in the media, The Arthritis Cure is actually a nine-step treatment program for osteoarthritis. The steps of the program are:

1. Have a thorough consultation with a physician looking for and correcting secondary causes of osteoarthritis.

2. Take glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates to repair damaged joints.

3. Improve your biomechanics to counteract stress to your joints.

4. Exercise regularly with low impact activities that help strengthen the muscles and tissues around the joints.

5. Eat a healthful, joint-preserving diet.

6. Maintain your ideal body weight.

7. Fight depression.

8. Use traditional medicine as necessary.

9. Maintain a positive attitude.

Each of the nine points is vital to the program. I urge you to follow the entire program, beginning with a trip to your physician for an accurate diagnosis.


What does glucosamine do?
Made up of sugar (glucose) and an amino acid, glucosamine is needed for the body to manufacture the proteoglycans that help to keep the cartilage functional. Glucosamine also helps to reduce pain and improve joint function in those afflicted with osteoarthritis.
What is chondroitin sulfate?

Chondroitin sulfates are long chains composed of sugar units which help attract and hold fluid into the proteoglycans. Chondroitin sulfate supplements help inhibit the cartilage-destroying enzymes in joints affected by OA; have anti-inflammatory properties; and help slow the loss of cartilage that occurs over time in osteoarthritis. the quality of chondroitin sulfate products on the market varies tremendously with purity values ranging from 30% to 95%. chondroitin supplements usually come from cartilage obtained from cows, pigs, birds and fish. the most effective chondroitin is high grade material that comes from cows or pigs. Bird origin (also called avian) appears to be inactive.


What is biomechanics?
Biomechanics is the study of the mechanical forces exerted by and upon the body during movement. More practically speaking, biomechanics training teaches us ways of standing, sitting, walking, kneeling, lifting and otherwise moving through the day without placing undue stress upon our bodies. Biomechanical techniques and exercises can help reduce osteoarthritis pain by allowing the force from movement to dissipate evenly through the body.
How does exercise help osteoarthritis?
Exercises encourages the flow of cushioning and nourishing fluid into the cartilage, it strengthen the muscles, tendons and ligaments which support the joints, increases a joint's range of motion, improves flexibility and strengthens overall health. Exercise is an excellent "medicine" for osteoarthritis.
Why is a good diet important for fighting osteoarthritis?
A healthful diet supplies plenty of the many nutrients the body needs to maintain healthy joints. It helps with weight control and can also counteract some of the deleterious effects of medications.
How does losing weight help?
Excess weight means more stress on the osteoarthritic joints of the feet, ankles, knees, hips and spine. Sliming down to your idea body weight removes that unnecessary, painful load. In addition to weighing down already damaged joints, weight gain and obesity have been linked to the development of osteoarthritis of the knee. Staying slim therefore may help to prevent osteoarthritis of the knee (and possibly other joints) from developing, and will help to ease the burden should it strike. There may be some circulating metabolic factor in obese people that leads to arthritis as well.
How are depression and osteoarthritis linked?
Depression does not cause osteoarthritis, but it makes everything - pain, lack of mobility, having to give up various activities - seem much worse. In fact, many people develop a chronic pain syndrome in which their pain/disability is made worse by their depression, their depression grows deeper as their pain/disability continues, and they continue spiraling downward. Lifting depression, should it exist, is an important part of the treatment.
If the arthritis cure is so good, why advise us to use traditional medicines as necessary?
Although many people respond to glucosamine, chondroitin sulfates and the rest of the program fairy quickly, some cases are stubborn, and take a long time to respond. Some people have had their joints deteriorate for decades before this treatment program was even invented. Traditional treatments, including medications and surgery may be necessary, especially those who have little or no cartilage left. Remember, despite the wonders of the treatment program in The Arthritis Cure, no one treatment program for any disease works on everyone. Even if a surgical procedure is required, using the principles in The Arthritis Cure will be an important adjunct in treatment.
Can the arthritis cure work without glucosamine and chondroitin?
For some people, simply utilizing the other steps and principles in The Arthritis Cure will significantly improve their condition. Without the benefit of the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin, however, the benefit of cartilage matrix healing will not be achieved.
If the arthritis cure details out the entire program, why must see a doctor?
It's absolutely vital that you begin by seeing a medical doctor to make the proper diagnosis. Other conditions can mimic the symptoms of osteoarthritis and may need very different treatment. Your physician can also monitor your progress, refer you to an appropriate resource such as physical therapist, registered dietitian and others, and can administer other therapies as appropriate. Finally, your physician can watch out for treatment reactions and interactions to assist you as you work through the program.
Is the arthritis cure a treatment for rheumatoid or other forms of arthritis?
Although some preliminary evidence suggests that glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate may be of value in treating rheumatoid arthritis, it's too early to say if the two supplements will become mainstream therapy in combating forms of arthritis other than osteoarthritis. Nevertheless, many people, including physicians are using this program, at least in part or as an adjunct, in treating most other forms of arthritis.
Is the arthritis cure a treatment for disc disease in the spinal disk or meniscus cartilage injuries in the knee?
There has been some experimental evidence that glucosamine and chondroitin have a role in the healing of these cartilaginous tissues. Since the supplements do have anti-inflammatory properties, and can block some of the deleterious enzymes that are produced from injuries to these tissues, taking glucosamine and chondroitin makes theoretical sense. One should not expect too much effect, however, since the self-repair mechanisms for these types of cartilage is low.

 
 

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