Did you know non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) actually accelerate the progression of arthritis in the body? Yes, you read that right. It certainly can temporarily reduce pain and inflammation in the short term, but in the long run it will actually make things worse. This is especially true for arthritis in the knees and hips. Clearly a better strategy is needed.
Because of this, many people turn to non-drug supplements to provide joint support and inflammation reduction. In our clinic we use a supplement called Joint Complex by a company called Pure Encapsulations. It contains undenatured type 2 collagen, hyaluronic acid, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Meriva (curcumin) and 5-loxin (Boswellia serrata).
Without getting overly technical, all of these natural ingredients have been shown in studies to help with some part of the arthritis process. Simply put, it helps to reduce pain and inflammation. It helps to improve knee function and range of motion. It helps to improve walking longer with less pain.
Unlike NSAIDS, a supplement containing these ingredients can not only help with pain but it does no harm to the joint either. It actually helps to improve and heal the joint some. This is a win-win and is a much better long-term strategy. In our next installment we will talk about other strategies for arthritis, especially in knees and hips.