It seems like the awareness of how the way we eat can influence our bodies is growing steadily, not only among youngsters, but the among elderly generations as well. It is a trend that we hope will stick around for longer, because the diet is without a doubt a factor that plays a great role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Of course we all know that the foods we choose to eat can have a significant influence on our appearance but not many people associate the diet with… orthopedics. But according to Dr. Manny Alvarez’s latest article, there are certain foods that can actually reduce the risk of osteoarthritis pain. He believes that “foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, flaxseeds and walnuts”, when added to one’s everyday meals, can prevent the inflammation that causes the osteoarthritis. What are other examples of anti-inflammatory foods? He also mentions olive oil, ginger and turmeric to have a similar effect. So is this really true? Can we ‘treat’ osteoarthritis by only eating more of those products?
Unfortunately, the answer is not that simple. And while eating certain products can reduce the risk of osteoarthritis pain, the osteoarthritis itself (the most common form of arthritis) cannot be cured by any known treatment. We do not discourage the solutions offered by Dr. Alvarez as we also believe that enriching the diet with omega-3 fatty acids can be a great way to help prevent osteoarthritis as well as relieve some of the pain it causes. But what can you do if in spite your efforts you end up with pain in your joints?
There are many treatment options available. They include pain medications, cortisone injections, physical therapy and joint replacement surgery. It is important to know your options before making any decision. We recommend you pay your orthopedic doctor a visit and let him fix you up with the best possible treatment for your condition, as they may vary depending on the patient’s state. Do not expect a surgery if with your specific condition physical therapy is sufficient, and on the other hand, do not fear surgery if that’s what is required to treat your injury. At Orthopaedic Surgery Associates, our team of Orthopedic Doctor Boca Raton is available for appointments to determine which treatment option will be most beneficial in your case, so don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule your next appointment.
The diet can have tremendous effects on our health. It is important to explore the world of nutritional treatment and experiment with including or excluding certain foods from our diet to see if it helps, but this is just a part of the healing process. Be smart and approach your health holistically – make an appointment with one of our orthopedic doctors Boca Raton and see how we can help you.
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