Joint Pain Treatments Boston MA

Fighting inflammation is a critical part of any treatment for arthritis. And fortunately, there are plenty of natural, safe ways to reduce inflammation in general and arthritis in particular. Read on to view more information.

Sharon A Stotsky, MD
(978) 988-9700
64-C Concord St
Wilmington, MA
Business
Rheumatology and Internal Medicine Associates
Specialties
Rheumatology

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Aida G Cervantes, MD
(617) 905-0411
80 E Concord St
Boston, MA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1962

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William Frederick Harvey
(617) 754-6774
800 Washington Street
Boston, MA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Peter A Merkel
(617) 638-7460
720 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Richard Paul Polisson
(617) 726-7938
55 Fruit Street Yaw 2100
Boston, MA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Margaret Seton
(617) 726-7938
55 Fruit St
Boston, MA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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John Patrick Whelan, MD
(617) 726-9381
15 Parkman St
Boston, MA
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1993

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Robert Abram Kalish, MD
(617) 636-5789
750 Washington St
Boston, MA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1986

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Robert W Simms
(617) 638-7460
720 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Tuhina Neogi
(617) 638-7460
720 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA
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Rheumatology

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Easing Joint Pain and Lowering Inflammation

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By Mark Hyman, M.D.

Q I have arthritis. Now that the safety of anti-inflammatory drugs like Vioxx and Celebrex is in question, what can I do about my pain?

A Fighting inflammation is a critical part of any treatment for arthritis. In fact, it’s an important part of fighting many other conditions, too, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and even aging. Fortunately, there are plenty of natural, safe ways to reduce inflammation in general and arthritis in particular.

Try taking any of a number of natural anti-inflammatory supplements. Glucosamine, at 500 milligrams three times a day, can ease joint pain. I also like boswellia gum extract (standardized to 70 percent boswellia acids, 400 mg twice daily) and niacinamide (750 mg, twice daily). Others include (take suggested dose, twice daily): turmeric rhizome extract (standardized to 95 percent curcuminoids, 285 mg); ginger rhizome extract (standardized to 5 percent gingerols, 200 mg); cayenne pepper fruit (50 mg); and cherry extract.

Part of any anti-inflammation diet should include eating wild fish (vitalchoice.com carries a variety), taking fish oil (1,000-mg capsules, once or twice a day), and eating as many colorful fruits and vegetables as you can. Also, drink green tea, and sprinkle ground flaxseed and anti-inflammatory spices (turmeric, ginger, rosemary, and cayenne) liberally on your food.

Take a daily blend of vitamin C (250 to 500 mg), vitamin E (200 to 400 IUs), selenium (100 to 200 micrograms), and mixed carotenoids (15,000 to 20,000 IUs). And take a multivitamin; studies show that doing so can lower inflammation overall.

It can also help to cut out the two most common food allergens (gluten and dairy) for two weeks to see if you notice an improvement in your arthritis—or any other chronic symptom, for that matter.

Finally, exercise at least half an hour a day, practice some form of deep relaxation (meditation, yoga, or deep breathing are good examples), and cut down on foods that promote inflammation, such as white flour, sugar in any form, and trans (or hydrogenated) fats.

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