Written by Dr. Frank Fuscaldo, Jr., M.S., D.C., D.C.B.C.N., C.N.S.
Knee pain can be caused by many things, such as strenuous physical activities, injuries like sprains or strains, tears in the ligaments or cartilage (meniscus), arthritis, and lack of use, just to name a few. The pain can be acute (having a sudden, recent onset) or chronic (having a long duration). In most cases, knee pain is accompanied by stiffness, swelling and inflammation, regardless of the cause or length of time you’ve had the pain.
For many people, knee pain can become so severe that it limits their daily activities. For others, the pain can be a mild annoyance that can still prevent them from doing the things they love to do. In either case, knee pain should not be ignored.
There are many treatment options for patients with knee pain. They vary from exercising and Physical Therapy treatments, to knee injections, or even surgery, depending on the severity of the condition. There are also many nutritional supplements that can help reduce the pain and inflammation even in the most severe cases. In almost all cases, these nutritional supplements are not only safe, but very effective in helping the patients manage the pain and inflammation.
Here are some effective nutritional supplements that can help reduce knee pain and inflammation with little or no side effects:
Turmeric is a spice that contains curcumin which is an extremely powerful anti-inflammatory compound. In fact, many peer-reviewed journal articles have found that turmeric is more effective and safer than using certain conventional anti-inflammatory and pain relieving medications. The curcumin found in turmeric has been found to play important roles in various stages of the inflammatory process on a molecular level. For these reasons, turmeric can be very beneficial in helping to reduce knee pain and inflammation.
Most people think of taking vitamin C to prevent colds and boost our immune system. However, vitamin C is essential in the production of collagen, which is the main structural protein found in muscles, bones, skin and tendons, where it helps to provide strength and structure. Vitamin C is also needed for the metabolism of joint cartilage and is also a powerful antioxidant found in joint fluid. A good intake of vitamin C can help reduce cartilage loss and reduce joint inflammation.
Vitamin D is essential for human health. Unfortunately, vitamin D deficiency is becoming a widespread health concern. While vitamin D has always been linked to bone health, recent studies have also linked vitamin D deficiency to joint pain. Getting enough vitamin D from your diet alone is nearly impossible. It is therefore necessary to take a high quality nutritional supplement to achieve and maintain a healthy level of vitamin D.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential in that they are necessary for human health, but the body can’t make them. Therefore, you need to get them through food, such as fish, some plants, nut oils, and/or nutritional supplements. Unfortunately, we cannot get enough Omega-3 fatty acids from the food we eat, so supplementing with a high quality pharmaceutical grade or molecular distilled fish oil is necessary. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce the production of certain substances that are released during the body’s natural inflammatory response, thus helping to reduce pain and inflammation.
These are just a few suggestions for helping you manage your knee pain using natural, safe and effective alternatives to conventional medications. The above-mentioned supplements are all available at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation, and are all of the highest quality available.
If you have any questions, or would like to discuss these options further, please feel free to schedule a FREE nutritional consultation with Dr. Fuscaldo. To book your consultation, fill out the form on the right side of this page or call 732-345-1377.
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