Arthritis Pain: Australia’s number one cause of disability

March was Arthritis Awareness Month and arthritis is a disorder all of us should be aware of. Those who are not afflicted with it often think of it as a minor disorder because it’s so common and those afflicted with mild to moderate arthritis don’t like to make an issue of it. It is an issue, though — a big one.

Arthritis pain:

  • Is the most common disorder in Australia, according to Arthritis Australia
  • Is suffered by 3.85 million Australians
  • Costs the economy $23.9 billion per year in medical care and indirect costs such as time off work

Most people associate arthritis with the ageing process and think it is as unavoidable as wrinkles. In fact, of those 3.85 million Australians who suffer from arthritis, 2.4 million are of working age. Moreover, it is often not unavoidable. According to Arthritis Australia, although no cure for arthritis has been found, research suggests that early intervention can delay the onset of the condition and can possibly reduce the number of cases of arthritis by 500,000 within 15 years.

Managing Arthritis Pain

There are a number of ways you can manage arthritis pain or help delay the onset of arthritis:

  • Chiropractors are well-versed in non-invasive treatments for arthritis
  • Some foods help reduce the inflammation associated with arthritis pain
  • Gentle exercises can help keep joints mobile

Chiropractors are often thought of as “back doctors,” but their training extends to all parts of the anatomy. Holistic chiropractors extend their studies to a variety of disciplines for the natural treatment of diseases. Petrozzi Wellness Centre’s John Petrozzi, for example, recommends gentle exercises for arthritis and general flexibility. In the latest edition of the clinic newsletter, he outlines a simple hip stretch:

  1. Get on your hands and knees on a mat or comfortable carpet.
  2. Extend one leg up and out behind you and hold it in that position for five seconds.
  3. Repeat five times with each leg.


Arthritis Pain and Food

Arthritis pain can be reduced by reducing the inflammation that is responsible for pain. Some natural foods that can help control inflammation include:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids: Salmon, herring, mackerel (not king), sardines, anchovies, rainbow trout, eggs, flaxseed (ground & oil) and walnuts.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil: Use olive oil when cooking.
  • Antioxidants may help prevent arthritis, slow its progression & relieve pain.
  • Vitamin C: Guava, sweet peppers, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, pineapple, lemons, broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, kidney beans, cauliflower, red cabbage, mangos.
  • Selenium: Brazil nuts, tuna, crab, oysters, pasta (whole-wheat), lean beef, cod, whole grains, turkey & wheat germ.
  • Carotenes: Sweet potato, carrots, kale, butternut squash, turnip greens, pumpkin, mustard greens, red pepper, apricots and spinach.

If you or anyone you know suffers from osteoarthritis, consulting a registered chiropractor would be an excellent start to an effective management strategy. Contact John Petrozzi, Petrozzi Wellness Centre’s “Chiro on Call” for a complementary 10 to 15 minute conversation. To book your call, click this link or copy/paste it into your browser: