OSTEOARTHRITIS: Fact or Fiction?
Did you know Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common degenerative joint disease and a major cause of pain and disability in adult individuals?
This media video makes the following remarks on the management of osteoarthritis:
- Medications can reduce joint swelling and pain.
- Ice pack may also reduce joint pain.
- Losing weight may also help slow the progression of osteoarthritis.
- Physical therapy, exercises, and walking may help decreasing pain.
- Braces help with joint support and alignment to reduce joint pain.
- Injection may helps to control joint pain
- Surgery might be needed for joint replacement.
Islam, M. J., Yusuf, M. S., Hossain, M., (2013). Update Management of Osteoarthritis: A Review. Journal of Science Foundation. 11 (2), 49-55. doi: 10.3329/jsf.v1112.21597
This article explains the role of non- pharmacologic ( natural and drug free medicine) therapies and pharmacologic ( prescription and over- the – counter medication) therapies in the management of osteoarthritis.
Natural and drug free medicine include:
- weight reduction through diet and exercise
- Correction of malalignment of the joints of the joints with used of braces
Prescription and over – the – counter medications include:
- Medications that can be taken by mouth.
- Medications in the form of topical ( can be applied on the surface of the joints: cream, gels, lotions, or ointments)
- Surgery: minor or major surgery
This article supports this media video; both the media video and this source report similar treatment methods for the management of osteoarthritis. Therefore, I find this information on the media video to be credible.
Media Video about osteoarthritis
This media video exposes the best and the worst food for arthritis
Food to eat:
- Rich in Omega -3 fatty acid: wild cod fish, salmon, walnuts, seeds
- High in sulfur: onions, garlic, asparagus, cabbage
- Bone broth
- Fruits and vegetables
Food to avoid:
- Excess sugar- causes joint swelling
- Hydrogenated oil
Rayman, P., (2015). Diet, nutrition and osteoarthritis. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 16 (1), S7. doi: 10.1186/1471-2474-16-S1-S7
Osteoarthritis is the fastest growing cause of disability. Individuals with this condition may take some control of their own condition by making a change in their diet which could potentially ease the symptoms and reduce the progression of the disease.
These are some of the recommendations:
- Lose weight, if overweight, through exercise.
- Reduce high cholesterol food.
- Increase omega- 3 fatty acids; eat oily fish times a week.
- Eat rich vitamin- D food- milk
- Increase vitamin-K intake by eating green leafy vegetables.
This article supports the video on the proper diet for individuals with osteoarthritis; however, the author did not make any suggestions on the type of diet that should be avoided. I would recommend this media video as credible.
This media video claims there is a cure for osteoarthritis. The treatment is to stop eating dairy products such as milk and cheese.
Bing, L., Jeffrey, B., Driban, D.,[…], and Charles, B. E. (2014). Milk Consumption and Progression of Medical Tibiofemoral Knee Osteoarthritis: Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Arthritis Care & Research. 66(6), 802-809. doi: 10.1002/acr.2297
This source clearly states, ” our results suggest that frequent milk consumption may be associated with reduced osteoarthritis (OA) progression in women” (Bing et al., 2014, p. 802).
- OA is a slow progressive disease that has no cure.
- Milk is an excellent source of vitamins and protein.
- Milk has been recognized for its important role in bone health.
- Milk and other dairy products should be consumed daily as part of a balanced and healthy diet.
This article does not support this media. Based on these findings, I can conclude this media video is not accurate at all. I would not recommend this media video as credible.