- by Dt Shail Yadav
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- Sep 13 2017
Prepare yourself for winters : Arthritis management.
With winter knocking on your door, it is time to prepare for its hardships and to get ready to enjoy its fruits.
In this blog I willl be dealing with Osteo Arthritis , common among elderly , painful and I would say the most limiting and irritating. First let me tell you some basics. Know your enemy (disease) inside out.
Osteoarthritis of the knee causes a roughening and thinning of the cartilage, the semi-hard tissue that sandwiches (cushioning) between the upper and lower leg bones. Knee cartilage is called 'meniscus' and forms a disk-like shaped cushion protecting the leg bones from impact during hinged movement. In the beginning stages of OA of the knee, and in progression of the disease, the meniscus develops cracks and gradually wears away.
Symptoms: Physical symptoms resulting in pain, stiffness, grinding noises are noticed as bone rubs against bone.
Causes : Wear and tear of joints. Sub optimum nutrition.
Extra weight puts pressure on the painful joints. Even little weight loss provides termendous relief.
Foods to be avoided:
The vegetable belonging to night shade family like Potato ,Tomato, Peppers, Egg plant ,should be avoided as they may aggravate the problem. Refined foods like maida , polished rice , white bread etc are pro inflammatory and should not be included in diet.
Vitamin c rich foods – Strawberries, Amlaa, Gauva, Orange ,Peaches etc. They enhance the cartilage formation
Olive oil, Green Tea and Fish like Salmon reduces inflamation as they contain polyphenols and fish is rich source of omega 3and Vitamin D.
Consumption of Green leafy vegetables has been associated with prevention of arthritis.
Ancient Indian wisdom of using Turmeric in milk and consumption of garlic is a sure short formula for relief from inflammation.
Exercise- Light exercise of the knee helps in movement of the joint . But do not forget to consult your doctor first.
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