Chronic knee pain can lead to pain in other joints

A recent study published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology looked at the knee pain of nearly 3,500 people ages 50 to 79 over the course of five to seven years.

It turns out that knee pain sufferers were almost 50 per cent more likely to develop joint pain elsewhere – namely, in the feet, ankles, hips, hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders.

Although some of the correlation could be due to genetics, the data suggests that changing the way you walk (or, “gait adjustment,” as the study called it) can put stress on those other joints, leading to long-term damage.

Why is this good news, you ask? Because you may not have been aware that you have been adjusting your gate – or that it was actually making you feel worse.

So, if you’re experiencing knee pain, don’t ignore it. You can beat back the pain by making a few simple changes.

First, put down those pain pills – because the natural duo of glucosamine and chondroitin (which are naturally found in healthy cartilage) has been scientifically proven to be just as effective as an non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (and more effective than a placebo) at relieving knee pain.

Next, reduce inflammation in the soft tissues around your joints by replacing the processed sugars in candy and sweets with natural sugars in fruit. Fish and other lean proteins, leafy greens, nuts, and spicy chili peppers and curries are also great foods for reducing inflammation – and you can eat all of these delicious anti-inflammatory foods on the Paleo diet.

Going Paleo will also help you shed a few of those extra pounds, which could be adding to the “wear and tear” that comes with getting older.

If your knee pain is a little more serious, or is a result of an injury or a recent surgery, a qualified physical therapist can help you to strengthen the muscles around the knee joint to provide more stability. They can also analyze your gait and show you how to move without hurting yourself.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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Sources:

Knee Pain Linked to Pain Elsewhere, medpagetoday.com/Rheumatology/Arthritis/60287?xid=nl_mpt_DHE_2016-09-21&eun=g1024616d0r&pos=8

Multiple Nonspecific Sites of Joint Pain Outside the Knees Develop in Persons with Knee Pain, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27589036

Joint Pain, webmd.com/pain-management/guide/joint-pain

Eat Right for Your Type of Arthritis, arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/arthritis-diet/anti-inflammatory/eat-to-beat-inflammation.php

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