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do I have arthritis?

Many people suffering from arthritis pain find relief with glucosamine!

Arthritis is a general term meaning “joint inflammation”. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis (OA). There are several causes for OA, such as trauma as a child or young adult, postural imbalances, repetitive stress, and heavy manual labor to name a few. It is also possible that long standing vertebral subluxation complexes may cause degenerative joint disease or arthritis.

There are two major classifications of arthritic conditions, inflammatory (such as rheumatoid arthritis), and non-inflammatory (such as osteoarthritis). The most common medical treatment for OA is over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen. NSAIDs have many side effects with chronic use, such as ulcers. Recently the pharmaceutical industry launched two NSAIDs, Vioxx and Celebrex boasting the fact that they don’t irritate the stomach lining. However, some patients do complain of headaches when taking these medications.

Most Americans are familiar by now with a natural supplement called glucosamine. It is a very good alternative to NSAIDs for controlling joint pain. Many studies on glucosamine versus ibuprofen have performed, and they reveal that after 6 weeks glucosamine actually works better for joint pain relief than  ibuprofen.

For information on natural nutritional support for arthritis, please ask your Chiropractor or Chiropractic Assistant (CA) for our Guide to Nutritional Supplements.

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