If you suffer from daily arthritis symptoms or joint pain, you might be eager to try any remedy that promises relief. However, you shouldn’t start taking over-the-counter or natural supplements for joint pain without first talking to your rheumatologist. Your rheumatologist can provide a comprehensive rheumatology evaluation that includes a physical exam, lab testing, and a review of your medical history and symptoms. This helps to make an accurate diagnosis of your joint pain symptoms, which will determine the best course of treatment for your joint pain. Your rheumatologist might recommend some of these supplements in addition to prescription medications for your arthritis:
Turmeric can be effective in easing joint pain. Turmeric has an active ingredient called curcumin, which is considered to have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties. Fish oil supplements can ease joint pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis.
Glucosamine is a natural component of cartilage and might help protect your cartilage from breaking down, which is a common problem in osteoarthritis, one of the most common forms of arthritis. Studies have shown mixed results on the benefit of these supplements. You could try taking it for a few months and if they provide you benefit you could continue such supplements.
Chondroitin is another building block of cartilage and might prevent cartilage breakdown. Many people report that chondroitin reduces joint pain and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis. In clinical studies, the benefit of this supplement has shown mixed results. You could try it for a few months to understand if it could help you.
S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAM-e) is another supplement used for arthritis symptoms. It can ease osteoarthritis-related joint pain symptoms similar to some anti-inflammatory medications with fewer side effects. But, be careful if you are taking any depression medications.
Curcumin is a chemical compound in turmeric that has anti-inflammatory properties. It can block the same inflammation-promoting enzyme as celecoxib.
Vitamins are essential for various body functions including the joints. Vitamins A, C, E, D, and K, combined with eating a diet rich in whole foods and vegetables, can improve bone and overall health.
If you need assistance in managing your arthritis symptoms and discuss incorporating supplements and vitamins into your treatment plan please reach out to us at Empowered Arthritis and Rheumatology Center PLLC in Cary, NC. Our mission is to provide compassionate, timely, and convenient care for patients with arthritis, joint pain, and auto-immune diseases. Call us today or contact us online to schedule an initial rheumatology evaluation.