One in six Canadians has one type of arthritis and 60 per cent of them are under the age of 65. There are over 100 types of arthritis but the most common is osteoarthritis – a degenerative form of arthritis. With so many Canadians suffering with joint pain, it’s no wonder that it is one of the most common concerns clients ask about at their local pharmacy. Common questions include “can you recommend a rub-on lotion for my joints?” “what else can I do to help?” and “does fish oil really help?”
In arthritis, one way to characterize how it affects you is by the number of joints that are affected. In general, when one or two joints are involved, a topical ointment is often effective to control the joint pain and stiffness. However, if there are multiple joints involved, including the joints of the back, then a prescribed systemic medication is more effective and requires a visit to your doctor.
When it comes to what you can do to help yourself with arthritis, try to keep active. It’s true when it is said “use it or lose it.” Of course, it’s important to do graded exercise, where there is a gradual increase in how much you are active and exercise and your intensity. You want to avoid doing too much too fast, to avoid causing further damage.
One useful nutritional supplement for many who are dealing with arthritis is fish oil. It is safe, natural and can help reduce the inflammation of arthritis. It does not work overnight, but it is effective over time, to help improve your overall mobility and function.
For helpful advice and assistance with your health, contact Lane Family Pharmasave at 705-746-2187, or toll-free at 1-800-661-6106, or visit www.lanefamilypharmacy.com.