A recent study conducted has shown some promise that the lack of Vitamin D might be one of the reasons people suffer from osteoarthritis or risk getting it. The U.S department of agriculture has stated that those who lack vitamin D in their diet are more likely to develop osteoarthritis, which affects over 28 million Americans alone.
The scientists who were responsible for carrying out the research took a sample set of 418 volunteers with knee osteoarthritis and their blood samples. It was found that volunteers who had low level of vitamin D in their blood serum had their risk of knee osteoarthritis doubled over the course of the study, which was 4 years long.
The scientists concluded that vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for increased knee osteoarthritis progression and that increased, adequate dietary intake may be beneficial for those with knee osteoarthritis. Most patients who have low levels of vitamin D also suffer from inflammatory rheumatic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis (OA) and fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS).
Therefore the correlation between vitamin D deficiency and osteoarthritis has come out to be very strong through this research. The Doctors who carried out the research suggest that those who do suffer from osteoarthritis maintain a healthy level of Vitamin D through the intake of either fatty fish like salmon and tuna, fortified milk, egg yolks or the most obvious form that’s completely free…sunlight.
If you do suffer from osteoarthritis it’s best to head over to a doctor to get a quick check on your vitamin D levels. If you are in fact deficient in vitamin D the aforementioned tips above will help you get them back up and also help in stalling the severity of osteoarthritis and additionally provide some level of pain relief naturally.
Most doctors will tell their patients who suffer from knee pain that its important to do some sort of exercise to relieve knee pain but the constraints on those exercises are that they should be low impact on your joints. Some of the exercises recommended for knee pain are usually light jogging or brisk walks. This limits patients from progressing in terms of pace and running quality.
Some patients who love outdoor activities love to run and their knee pain and doctors advice overpowers their ability to progress in their physical exercises. New research has now proven that running faster overtime can actually be just as good for knee pain as a brisk walk. Therefore limiting physical exercise related to the knee is no longer an issue.
Researchers surveyed runners logging 1KM at 5, 7 and 8 miles an hour. For each individual stride, they found that the faster people ran, the more stress was put on the knee. However, the faster you run, the fewer strides you make to cover the same distance. That means speeding up actually allows your knees to absorb less impact over your whole run.
Scott Weiss, a New York-based exercise physiologist and athletic trainer also added that why some doctors are skeptical about running as an exercise for knee pain patients would be more related to the fact that runners with knee pain do not tend to train properly and dive in head first without considering the consequences.
Training properly is key. The main issue people have when increasing speed: They tend to start running on their toes. But running on your toes can’t be maintained without your lower legs taking a beating, Weiss explains. “Since we became bipedal (using two legs to walk), natural human gait has been to land on the heel of the foot—and that’s the best way to absorb shock from the body,” Weiss says.
Another tip to learn to run faster is called heel-striking and must be done with the help of a running coach. Increasing your stride length and heel landing is key to decreasing the shock to joint. Its safe to say that if you love to run you can master running fast over time and not worry about increasing your overall knee pain at all.
As crazy as it sounds, freezing the knees could be the answer to overcoming knee pain. There are over 10 million Americans who suffer from knee pain alone and that number isn’t set to decrease anytime soon. While conventional medicine has worked, there’s a new quick fix in town and that is to freeze the knee to stop the pain.
Vernon Williams, MD, Director of the Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Ladera Ranch, California has come up with a new therapy called cold therapy to relieve knee pain. Dr. Wlliams states that focuses cold therapy helps reduce the temperature of a peripheral nerve to a very precise zone.
Since most knee pain is related to nerves sending shock signals up our knees how this treatment works is that Doctors locate the nerve that’s responsible for the pain. They then numb the area and insert a cold probe with liquid nitric oxide to freeze the nerve.
Since there’s nothing wrong with lower temperatures on the internal body the treatment does not cause any damage internally. The cold therapy reaches negative 120 degrees. It doesn’t damage surrounding tissues and doesn’t kill the nerve. The relief lasts a few months.
Dr. Williams has also stated that cold therapy doesn’t just apply to knee pain but can actually be used for any issues related to pain that originates from peripheral nerves which includes headaches too.