Now that winter is here, a lot of people complain about their arthritis flaring up and exceptional pain in their body. Arthritis is a general term for conditions that affect the joints and surrounding tissues. Joints are places in the body where bones come together, such as the knees, wrists, fingers, toes, and hips.

Equally osteoporosis can be a debilitating condition that effects millions of people across the globe. Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become less dense and more likely to fracture. In osteoporosis, there is a loss of bone tissue that leaves bones less dense and more likely to fracture. It can result in a loss of height, severe back pain, and change in one’s posture.

Risk factors for developing osteoporosis include:

  • thinness or small frame
  • family history of the disease
  • being postmenopausal and particularly having had early menopause
  • abnormal absence of menstrual periods (amenorrhea)
  • prolonged use of certain medications, such as those used to treat lupus, asthma, thyroid deficiencies, and seizures
  • low calcium intake
  • lack of physical activity
  • smoking
  • excessive alcohol intake

Many people don’t think that this is a problem that will affect them, however, according to our guest today Dr Huq, “it is vital to make sure that we eat a lot of calcium, either through milk and cheese products or by taking vitamins to prevent it.”

He also warned that one should be careful not to overdo it as there is something as taking too much of a good thing!!

He suggested some basic exercises everyone could do at home by elevating their legs to try and curb joint pain. Also hand rotations that can be done everywhere to keep the joints flexible.

Sadly both conditions can be very painful. My mother suffers from this debilitating condition and I really do feel her pain and anguish. It stops them from doing basic tasks and even moving from one side of the room to the other. It is a condition that is not just associated with old age, but a number of factors could lead to it being shockingly found amongst children too.

To try and reduce the pain of arthritis there are a few things one can do-However do consult your doctor to make sure that it’s a suitable option for you:

1) Hot and cold therapy

2) Go on holiday-Yes, really-Warmer climates have been known to “help” in some cases

3) Eat turmeric

4) Try and control your weight-If you are overweight it can add un-necessary pressure on your joint and lead to more pain

5) Get enough calcium

6) Take vitamins to help strengthen your bones

These are not “quick fixes” but can help reduce the pain.