Arthritis

Arthritis

Successful Arthritis Treatments

Arthritis is one of the most common of all physical complaints, affecting more than 21 percent of American adults—and for a significant number of them, it causes such pain and functional impairment that it limits their daily activities.

If you suffer with arthritis, your doctor has probably offered you little beyond pain-relieving medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and aspirin. These drugs send more than 100,000 people to the hospital every year, primarily for gastrointestinal bleeding. COX-2 inhibitors are even worse. One drug in this class, Vioxx, was pulled off the market after it was linked to 160,000 heart attacks and strokes and 55,000 deaths. Another, Celebrex, is still being prescribed, but it’s also associated with serious cardiovascular side effects.

To add insult to injury, NSAIDs block the body’s mechanism for healing the joints and regenerating cartilage. In other words, while you might get some short-term relief from NSAIDs, these drugs tend to make your arthritis worse in the long run. And if you rely on acetaminophen (Tylenol), you could end up with serious liver or kidney damage.

At the Whitaker Wellness Institute, we offer patients several unique natural arthritis treatments that not only alleviate symptoms, but also help to repair the joints and rebuild cartilage.

Our Drug-Free Approach

Supplements, Not Drugs as Arthritis Treatments
The reason we have such great success treating arthritis at the Whitaker Wellness Institute is because we go beyond simply relieving pain to actually rebuilding cartilage—something the conventional drug approach does not address. To do this, we use supplements such as glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid, natural substances that provide the raw materials for regenerating cartilage.

We also recognize the importance of immediate relief of pain, and a number of supplements help in this regard. MSM, Univestin, fish oil, curcumin, Boswellia serrata, and ginger all have potent anti-inflammatory actions and provide significant pain relief for aching joints. By substituting these natural pain relievers, your physician can help you end your dependence on dangerous prescription drugs.

Prolotherapy Reconstructs Damaged Joints
prolotherapy-lgAnother lasting solution for joint pain is prolotherapy. Prolotherapy is an innovative procedure that strengthens the tendons and ligaments that hold thejoints in place, taking the stress off the joint and allowing it to heal. Countless Whitaker Wellness patients have experienced enduring relief from sciatica, tendonitis, and persistent pain in the neck, back, knees, and other joints following a course of prolotherapy.

Unique Therapies for Pain Relief 
Four of our most popular treatments for arthritis pain relief are microcurrent, infrared light therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic. Microcurrent uses very low-frequency, tissue-specific electrical currents to stabilize cells and reduce pain caused by arthritis and other conditions. Infrared light therapy harnesses the healing power of certain wavelengths of light and is particularly effective for chronic pain involving poor circulation. The ancient Chinese art of acupuncture relieves pain by opening up blocked energy channels, and chiropractic manipulations restore alignment in the musculoskeletal system and take pressure off areas of chronic pain.

Personalized Lifestyle Program

There is a strong connection between diet and inflammation, and for arthritis sufferers, inflammation means pain. Certain fats (processed vegetable oils, in particular) stimulate the formation of inflammatory chemicals, while others (the omega-3 fatty acids found in cold-water fish) actually reduce inflammation. Your Whitaker Wellness physician will also test for food allergies, which are an often overlooked, yet powerful cause of flare-ups, particularly in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

During your Back to Health Program at the clinic, our gourmet chef will prepare delicious meals for you that contain an abundance of these beneficial fats, as well as antioxidants, B-complex vitamins, and other nutrients involved in joint health. Even more important, you’ll learn how to continue this healthy way of eating once you return home.

The last thing you may want to do when your joints are aching is exercise, but regular physical activity is a powerful therapy for arthritis. Our exercise physiologist instructs each patient in a personalized exercise program aimed at strengthening the musculature around affected joints, improving flexibility, and increasing activity level.

Our Patient Success Stories

Click the links below to read about how treatment at the Whitaker Wellness Institute helped others just like you who were suffering with arthritis.

One-Stop Shop for Wellness and Arthritis Treatments

Renowned physician, author, and speaker, Julian Whitaker, MD, opened the doors of the Whitaker Wellness Institute in 1979. Since then, our clinic has helped more than 45,000 patients overcome serious health challenges and get back on the road to healthy living. We’re proud to offer nearly two dozen safe, innovative, healing therapies under one roof—that’s more than any other facility in the northern hemisphere. Just think of us as your “one-stop shop for wellness.”

To learn more about how the safe, natural arthritis treatments at the Whitaker Wellness Institute can eliminate pain and improve function—without the use of dangerous drugs, click on the buttons below to schedule a complimentary consultation or contact us to learn more. You can also schedule your complimentary consultation or obtain more information by calling our Patient Services Representatives at (866) 944-8253.

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