Arthritis is among the most prevalent health
problems in the U.S. today, affecting more than 66
million (nearly 1 in 3) adults. Unfortunately,
these numbers are likely to increase dramatically
as the U.S. population ages. For example, the
number of people aged 65 or older who have
doctor-diagnosed joint conditions is projected to
more than double, from 15.7 million in 2002 to
33.3 million in 2030.
Of course, proper medical attention can make
life easier and less painful for many of these
patients: More than 39 million doctor visits are
recorded every year for individuals seeking
While the healthcare industry works to help
these individuals and prepare for the impending
upsurge in arthritis cases, many patients are
taking a closer look at the variety of therapeutic
options available. And with all of the questions
surrounding the safety of some over-the-counter
medicines, natural options are increasingly
utilized as effective clinical treatments that
hold minimal to no side-effects.
Omega-3 essential fatty acids, for example, are
achieving mainstream acceptance as an adjunct to
other approaches for patients seeking relief for
many types of joint issues—and with good reason.
Several studies have shown that omega-3 fatty
acids, found in abundance in fish oil, can reduce
minor pain and stiffness in patients, and perhaps
lessen their need for over-the-counter
In additional to general joint health, there
are also targeted therapies for specific types of
arthritis that have been shown to provide relief.
(While often referred to as if it were a single
disease, arthritis is actually an umbrella term
used for more than 100 different conditions that
affect the joints).
For instance, now available are medical
foods that contain a scientifically-formulated
blend of the best natural ingredients to provide
relief for patients with rheumatoid arthritis and
other joint conditions. And for
osteoarthritis, the most common joint disease, an
advanced nutraceutical has been shown as a viable
alternative to over-the-counter remedies. In
clinical tests, this herbal dietary supplement
provided up to 72% relief of common joint symptoms
and with no harmful side effects.
Are you one of the millions of Americans
who is suffering from arthritis? Do you want to do
everything possible to keep your joints
healthy? If so, please schedule an appointment
at my office. We can discuss how alternative
therapies that include fish oils can safely and
effectively help relieve your symptoms.