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Can Diet Help Heal Joints?

Individuals who suffer from serious joint pain and who have diseases such as arthritis have to deal with a lot of discomfort throughout their day. The best way to make sure that a person is reducing the pain as much as possible is to visit an orthopedic professional, who will be able to offer a person the right exercises, medications, surgeries, and diet to follow in order to stay as pain free as possible.

However, there are a few foods that a person can consume on their own in order to help them with pain. First of all, a person needs to understand that the pain they feel in their joints is mostly because of inflammation. The swelling and inflammation can become very painful and make it hard for a person to move or do very basic things such as type and write.

For this, a person should eat foods that contain a high number of omega-3 fatty acids. Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as fish can actually help reduce swelling throughout a person’s body and fight off inflammation. When the swelling goes away, the pain will decrease as well so a person should try this route if they are serious about being free from pain. Eating salmon or other fish high in omega-3s can be a great way to add some extra nutrition to one’s diet and also help fight off inflammation, which can eventually lead to decreased joint pain.

Eating broccoli may also help reduce the inflammation inside one’s body. Broccoli contains sulforaphane, a substance is known for helping reduce inflammation. If a person really wants to make sure they are doing everything they possibly can to reduce the inflammation in their joints and get rid of their joint pain for good, eating the right diet can make a big difference. Of course, for many cases, this will not be enough. Individuals should always consult a medical professional to make sure they are treating themselves right and also explore all medical options that are available to them.

It can be difficult to live with arthritis or other conditions that cause swelling in the joints. Apart from proper medical treatment, individuals can also take steps at home to reduce the discomfort they feel on a daily basis.

Request a consultation with one of the orthopedic specialists at the Orthopedic & Sports Institute. Call (920) 560-1000 or request an appointment online.

OSI has convenient locations to serve you. The campus in Appleton includes clinics, a surgery center, MRI, physical therapy, and a skilled nursing facility, as well as a walk-in clinic that provides care for new orthopedic injuries. OSI has outreach clinics in Green Bay, New London, Ripon, Shawano, Waupaca, and the newest location at 600 N. Koeller Street in Oshkosh.

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