It is never fun getting old. Arthritis and other problems can happen as we get older. Our body breaks down bone, cartilage, other joints and tissues to get the nutrients we need. So what can people do to prevent arthritis and if they already have it, how can be manage the flare-ups that occur?
Drugs are one way to go about it, there are new drugs being tested and created every day for those who suffer with Rheumatoid Arthritis or Psoriatic Arthritis. Drinking a lot of juice with glucosamine and chondroitin is another alternative. Stocking up on over the counter drugs to help prevent tissue damage as we get older is something people do on a daily basis. But here is a new form of therapy that is currently being studied and have shown fantastic results in the managing of multiple forms of arthritis, stimulating the nerves and joints affected by arthritis with electric signals.
The electrodes are implanted to the vagus nerve on either side of the neck, it is a big nerve that supplies the heart, lungs, upper digestive tract, and other organs of the chest and abdomen. The switch is turned on and off over the course of 84 days. The electric current is driven up and down the body, which has shown to release and calm the flares of arthritis and its multiple forms. The production of cytokine proteins is common with arthritis in adults. It is what makes the joint stiff and ache. But the new form of therapy has shown to reduce the number and control the amount of joint damage.
While only 27% of US women and 21% of US men are affected with arthritis. Those suffering from the discomfort can also reduce the flare up with accommodation to their dietary intake. This could mean taking in less foods that can cause inflammation and eating more plants in your diet because they do not have any inflammatory biochemicals. This means that by consuming less fish and animal products and adding more vegetarian options to your meals could result in a more manageable arthritis.
Arthritis is not a life-threatening disability. You can always consult with your physician at our clinics in Brandon, Wesley Chapel, and Zephyrhills on what you can do alongside our doctors to help manage your symptoms and live a pain free life. If you feel like you want to discuss other options with your doctor and stay informed on other forms of arthritis treatment offered at our clinics, give us a call and we can give you a consultation on the latest treatments we offer.