If you are over 65 years old, it is not surprising to discover that your body is not what it used to be. Fifty percent of U.S. adults over the age of 65 will have osteoarthritis (OA). OA is the most common form of arthritis. OA occurs as the result of cartilage deterioration in joints such as the hands, knees, hip and spine. Cartilage is the smooth rubbery material between two joints that allow the joints to move freely by cushioning them. If there is less cartilage and joints continue to move (as they should), they will grind against each other and cause pain, swelling (i.e. tenderness), and joint stiffness. Symptoms include joint pain during and after movement, joint tenderness, joint stiffness (especially in the morning), loss of flexibility, and a grinding sensation when you move an affected joint (i.e. friction).
There is no cure for OA. If oral drugs are used, they are merely targeting symptoms of OA. For mild pain, acetaminophen (Tylenol®) is recommended. If the pain worsens, joint swelling occurs, or you exceed the maximum dosage, you will have to switch to oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen. Unfortunately, these drugs can cause kidney injury, increase blood pressure, increase risk of bleeding, and cause gastrointestinal bleeding. Since OA symptoms do not resolve on their own, you are stuck taking acetaminophen or NSAIDs for years. The longer you take them, the higher the risk of side effects.
Is there a safer way to treat pain?
Yes, there is a safer way to treat pain and the best part is that it is natural. Joint Health Triple Strength has the four key ingredients that target the joints: glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM). Together, they can improve symptoms of OA with minimal side effects.
How does Joint Health Triple Strength work?
Joint Health Triple Strength works in four different ways. First, it restores cartilage with chondroitin. Since there is a less cartilage in OA, joints must rely only on the thick synovial fluid or lubricating fluid to help with movement. Joint Health Triple Strength provides hyaluronic acid which works as a cushion between the joints, while simultaneously delivering glucosamine to help your body naturally produce more lubricating fluid. And finally, it provides MSM which serves as a source for two essential amino acids, methionine and cysteine, to help stimulate cartilage production.
Do joint supplements work quickly?
In clinical trials, patients taking joint supplements reported less joint pain and reduced inflammation within 6 months compared to those who took a placebo. In some patients, joint supplements were not as effective. A conservative approach is try joint supplementation for a short period of time (benefits are usually reported within the first 2 months). If there is no pain relief after 2 months, supplementation should be stopped.
What else can I do to reduce symptoms of OA?
In addition to taking Joint Health Triple Strength every day, lifestyle changes should also be incorporated to maximize the benefit. Work with a physical therapist who can teach you exercises to increase range of motion. Lose weight with diet and exercise to help reduce the amount of weight forced onto your joints. Exercises should not involve activities that put more stress on your joints. Swimming, riding a bike, and yoga are excellent examples of non-weight bearing exercises, and your physical therapist can show you which activities are best. Consider purchasing well-cushioned shoes, splints for weak joints, and canes or walkers to assist you getting up and around. Listen to your body; it may be necessary to rest for 12 to 24 hours if significant pain and inflammation occur.
There are ways to bounce back from OA. Now that you’re educated, don’t sit back in pain. Click on Joint Health Triple Strength and see what it can do for you. Here’s a tip from me, your pharmacist: if you are taking blood thinners (e.g. warfarin), let your physician know as joint supplements may increase your risk of bleeding.
About the Author
Dr. Karine Wong has over 12 years of clinical experience as a clinical hospital pharmacist, manager and lecturer. She has taught numerous pharmacotherapy lectures to nurses, medical interns and pharmacy students in Southern California. In 2013, she published Call Me Doctor, her first fiction novel. Currently, she contributes articles on www.rxeconsult.com, a website for healthcare professionals.