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Treating and Managing Osteoarthritis

Can I be cured of Osteoarthritis?

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There is no known cure for osteoarthritis. Additionally, there is no clear way to prevent osteoarthritis, as scientists are unsure as to its exact cause. There appear to be genetic/hereditary factors, and a possibility of allergies, fungi and/or infections playing a role in osteoarthritis as well. Although there is no cure, a lot can be done to help manage the condition. A variety of treatments can help to lessen pain and stiffness and to make movement easier. Your active involvement in developing a treatment plan is essential.

These are some of the preventative measures that you can take:

  • Weight control: Maintaining a healthy weight may be the single most important thing you can do to prevent osteoarthritis.
  • Injury prevention: Protect your joints from serious injury or repeated minor injuries (job-related activities such as frequent or constant kneeling, squatting, or other postures that place stress on the joints) to decrease your risk of damaging cartilage.
  • Regular exercise: Exercise can help reduce joint pain and stiffness. Light- to moderate-intensity physical activity may prevent a decline in, and may even restore, health and function.

What if I change my diet ?

Yes, diet can play a key role in reducing your symptoms and preventing those painful flare-ups. Both Vitamin C and Omega-3 fatty acids are believed to help reduce inflammation.

Control Osteoarthritis with a health diet
Foods rich in Vitamin C include citrus fruits (oranges, limes, grapefruit), cabbage, tomatoes, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.

Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids include flaxseed oil, and cold water fish such as sardines, anchovies, salmon, mackerel, and herring.

Adopting a "good-health attitude" and healthy habits, such as eating a nutritious diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and getting enough sleep, will make you feel better and allow you to stay active.

What are my treatment options?

If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, the prospect of a life of chronic pain and discomfort is pretty overwhelming. However, learning as much as you can about the condition and actively participating in treatment are effective ways to regain control and avoid despair.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a treatment to reverse osteoarthritis as lost cartilage cannot be regenerated. Instead, treatments focus on reducing inflammation and improving joint function. Here are some options to help manage your condition:

  • Rest often. When you are experiencing a flare-up, it is important to rest to avoid straining and inflaming the already sensitive joint.
  • Lose weight. The importance of maintaining a healthy weight cannot be over-emphasized.
  • Exercise regularly. The pain and even the fear of pain may make you less willing to exercise. This is dangerous. Lack of exercise can lead to muscle atrophy. A popular, invigorating, and effective form of exercise for osteoarthritis sufferers is swimming. Yoga and Tai Chi are gentle exercises that can help relieve stress and improve breathing, leading to better pain management and improved flexibility. Do avoid exercise that puts unnecessary strain/stress on the joints.
  • osteoarthirits pain can greatly be relieved with cold compression therapy.
  • Cold wrap therapy. Apply a cold compression wrap. Cold compression wraps interrupt pain signals and reduce inflammation. Arthritis immobilizes your joints by inducing swelling in the surrounding tissue. The deep cold provided by cold compression wraps/braces slows this process. Cold wraps numb the nerves to reduce the pain. In the early moments or hours of your flare-up, controlling inflammation is extremely important, especially because inflammation also strains the surrounding tissue causing more pain and damage.


  • If you don't have a cold compression wrap for managing your arthritis pain, an important and safe treatment method is being ignored. Our MendMeShop store contains a wide selection of cold compression wraps.

    Combine heat therapy. To increase blood flow and circulation, try combining heat therapy with cold compression. We offer hot packs/wraps for our wraps as well.


  • Ultrasound Therapy. Ultrasound therapy is a great option to decrease inflammation, pain, tension and soft tissue damage experienced with gout. You can administer your own therapy using a portable, home ultrasound device or see a physiotherapist. The treatment is easy, painless, safe, and generally requires between 5 - 10 minutes.
    osteoarthirits in the hands can be treated with ultrasound
    It is based on a form of deep tissue therapy, which is generated through high frequency sound waves (that we can not hear). These waves send vibrations deep into your body and raise the temperature of your soft tissue. The waves are delivered through a hand held transducer and medicinal conductive gel that are used together in a slow, circular motion on your skin over the affected area. You may experience a slight tingling or warm sensation during the process as a result of the gel; this enhances the therapeutic effects of ultrasound (phonophoresis). You deserve specialized, professional care. Get your own ultrasound kit from MendMeShop.
  • Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy An Inferno Wrap Energy Device is one of the most helpful tools for a wide varity of painful joint related problems. Through the use of the patented energy web, tissues are safely and gently heated - increasing blood flow within the treated area. Your bodys natural response to this increased temperature is to try to maintain a condition of homeostasis in a balanced environment (basically your body increases blood flow to the heated area in an attempt to drop the temperature). With the rapid increase in blood flow to the area (a term known as vasodilation), there is an increase in the supply of nutrients to injured cells and toxins get flushed out (including lactic acid, commonly found in trigger points) which promotes healing. Our Inferno Wraps provide effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief with no side effects.
  • Moist heat application. Apply moist heat to help with inflammation and improve circulation.
  • Dietary supplements. There are many supplements including Omega-3 fatty acid, Boswellia, selenium, anti-oxidants, hydrolyzed collagen, Ginger extract (from the rhizome of the plant), Vitamin D, Vitamins B9 and B-12 that are helpful in treating your symptoms.
  • Acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is an ingredient in Tylenol, which can relieve pain in mild arthritis.
  • Ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is most commonly found in Advil and can sometimes reduce inflammation, pain, and fever.
  • Corticosteroid injections. A corticosteroid injection can be an effective way to reduce inflammation, resulting in pain relief. However, its negative long term effects are thought to outweigh the beneficial effects.
  • Medicated creams. Topical creams or lotions (optimally containing capsaicin) can provide some short-term pain relief.
  • Narcotics. These are only used in rare cases of patients with extreme osteoarthritic pain.
  • Surgery. Generally, surgery is reserved for more extreme cases and involves joint replacement surgery, fragment removal, repositioning of bones and/or fusing of bones.
  • Proliferative therapy. involves injecting of a substance to create an inflammatory reaction. The attempt of this painful injection is to strengthen and heal damaged tissues. The adverse side effect is a slight potential of infection.
  • Radiosynoviorthesis. This is a procedure in which a radioactive isotope is placed in the joint to soften the tissue. An expensive procedure, but an 80% success rate.
  • Glucosamine and Chondroitin. Studies have been mixed on these nutritional supplements.
  • Arthrocentesis. This is a process performed at your doctor’s office in which a doctor uses a sterile syringe to retrieve a sample of your joint fluid for analysis. The sample is used to determine the cause of the pain or the type of arthritis.


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If you have any questions regarding our therapeutic products and your treatment options, please contact a MendMeShop Advisor for assistance. You can be assured all your questions will be answered in a thorough and courteous manner by our trained staff.

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