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Solutions & Treatments for Joint Pain 

 September 17, 2010

By  Dr. John Vilkelis

 

Many of my patients have general joint pain in many joints around their body.  I get numerous questions each day from them about what can be done as treatment for this joint pain.

The first thing I would advise you to do for joint pain is get moving! Exercise is going to help get rid of joint pain by making the musculature stronger around the joint and by bringing blood into the joint that will help improve oxygenation and nutrition for any degenerated cartilage.  Movement is life.

Next is hydration.  Many people are dehydrated and they don’t know it.  When you drink caffeinated beverages, soft drinks and pretty much anything that’s not water on a regular basis you are probably dehydrated.  Dehydration in your joints means that the joint cartilage gets smaller and you have more pain.  Drink some water and cut out the caffeinated beverages.

Now on to nutrition and supplements.  Hooray!!  Sorry I thought everyone thought that was exciting.  The first supplement you should be taking if you have joint pain is glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates.  They are usually packaged together in one supplement and it would be good to take a 1500mg dose of the gluscosamine.  Next you should take an omega 3 & omega 6 fatty acid supplement.  Of the omega 3’s and 6’s flax seed oil has a particularly good effect on joint pain.  Tumeric has a long history of being used in Ayuverdic Medicine for joint pain.  Finally, vitamin D can help the joint cartilage and improve pain.

Finally, of course, is chiropractic.  Getting adjusted regularly helps you joints keep moving and reduces pain.  It also keeps the biomechanics or engineering of your body moving properly and in a balanced manor.  You may have success with some of the ideas above but I can tell you it will be better if you get adjusted regularly (regularly means once a month for most people).

Please let me know what you think of this post.  I would love to share your experience.

Dr. John Vilkelis


Dr. Vilkelis has been in private practice for over 27 years. He has a reputation for truly caring for his patients and goes the extra mile to make sure people get the help they need. He accepts patients of all ages and is eager to help you get well and stay healthy. Give him a call today at (914) 618-4330.

Dr. John G. Vilkelis

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  1. Great information Dr.Vilkelis!.

    I just saw the dr about joint pain and he recommended the supplements you did.
    I saw him for finger joint pain and a lymes disease test.
    Took the supplements and the joint pain has spread like wildfire this past weekend.
    I haven’t heard back on the tests, but will go in tomorrow.
    I have question though. My spinal surgeon said years ago that I was not to go to a chiropracor
    ever. I have a spinal fusion from T-10 thru L-2. Is this true? I asked a chiropractor years ago and he said he wouldn’t
    touch me.
    Any thoughts? Could it have something to do with the tick bites?
    Thanks

    Warmest Regards,
    Mrs.Christine Boretti

  2. The joint pain spreading as you began taking the supplements could mean a few things. First it may mean that the pain changing has nothing to do with the supplements. Second it could mean that it has everything to do with the supplements and you are allergic to one of them. Most likely if it’s an allergy you’re allergic to the glucosamine and chondroitin. Some people that have an allergy to shell fish have a reaction to the supplement since it is most commonly derived from shell fish. There is one company I have seen making glucosamine from another source, Solgar.

    As far as seeing a chiropractor goes my answer would be that your surgeon was either ignorant of what chiropractors do or he had ulterior motives for telling you not to go. The chiropractor that told you he wouldn’t touch you is certainly not the one you should see. If you came to my office your fusion surgery is nothing that would stop me from adjusting you. You would need to have updated films and you would get adjusted around the fusion. Right now I have three patients with spinal fusions and two of them have the fusions in more than one are of their spine. If you are looking for a chiropractor I would be happy to help you find one that’s right for you.

    Let me know if you have any more questions. I’d be happy to help you find the answers.

    Dr. Vilkelis

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