Volume 5 - Issue 9

Welcome to the September 2005 issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Please pass this along to your friends!

Table of Contents:

  1. Featured Articles from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center
  2. Hot and Cold Therapy
  3. Healthy Food in Fighting Arthritis
  4. Eight Day Arthritis Ecourse
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Featured Content from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center

  1. Pain Relief Drugs 101 what you need to know
    Ever given a piece of thought to how actually one feels that a part of his/her body is paining? Majority of the response to this question will be in the negative. And ironically it is one piece of information that a person should be aware of.
  2. What Causes Childhood Arthritis?
    Childhood arthritis is a disease that occurs in children under the age of 16. It causes pain, stiffness, and swelling in one or more of the joints. This pain, stiffness, and swelling are called inflammation.
  3. Rheumatoid Arthritis Overview
    Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease that affects your joints. It can cause swelling, stiffness, pain and loss of function in the joints it affects. Unlike other types of arthritis, it does not usually affect just one joint, but the matching joint on the other side of your body as well.

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Hot and Cold Therapy

By J.R. Rogers

Someone called me the other day to ask this question again. What do you do for a sudden injury? Do you use a "hot pack" or a "cold pack?"

This seems to be something that happens a lot so we might as well get this right. Of course, most athletes are already familiar with this but you may not be.

Sprains and Strains
Cold should be applied to both strains and sprains. Cold packs (or, whatever you use to administer) are best every 4-6 hours for a few days. The reason is that cold reduces inflammation. Also, there is often cellular damage when there is inflammation because it reduces the oxygen supply to the tissue.

Finally, when you apply "cold" to a sprain or strain it acts like an anesthetic. In short, it takes away the pain.

There are a lot of them on the market and they can be purchased at drug stores and even grocery stores. However, if you do not have one, you can use a bag of frozen vegetables right out of a freezer. And, to protect your skin, you should wrap it in something such as a cloth, towel, or even a bag. Putting something that cold on your skin directly can cause frostbite and even some damage.

Heat Packs
You don't really put "heat" to work until swelling has gone down. Generally, this takes a day or two and it may take a little longer. What heat does is stimulate blood flow and also allows tightened muscles to relax.

Once again, you should use a regimen of about twenty minutes about three times daily. You can also accommodate this with bathing or using warm compresses.

The New Stuff on the Market
Of course, companies keep coming up with newer commercial versions of products to accommodate pain. These are special "wraps" and even some "patches" that you apply to the affected area. If you prefer to use those commercial packs, that is fine.

Arthritis Pain
Now, having said all of that, let's go back to arthritis pain. Generally speaking, you are better off using "cold therapy" for arthritis pain. That means other than a sprain or strain that occurs in an area other than an affected joint, should be handled using these instructions.

It would be nice if we never had to deal with these little annoyances at all. Unfortunately, we all do.

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Healthy Foods in Fighting Arthritis

Oat Corn Cakes
These yummy cakes are a great breakfast when you're on the run -- or top with fruit for a sweet, healthy treat after dinner.

  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 cups unrefined whole grain cornmeal
  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Combine hot water, canola oil and honey in a bowl; mix well. Stir in mixture of cornmeal, oat flour and salt; mix well. Let stand for five to 10 minutes.

Drop batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray; flatten with fork.

Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes or until edges are light brown.

Find this and other recipes at The Arthritis Foundation

Oat Corn Cakes

Serves 15.

Per Serving:
Calories 160; Fat 2 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Fiber 1g; Sodium 143 mg

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This concludes the August Issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Look for the next issue in your inbox on September 1st. Please forward to any friends you know who have arthritis and would be interested.

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Please note:
As readers of this Chronicle are aware, prudent exercise benefits those who suffer from arthritis. Most of the exercise recommendations made here are low impact in nature and designed to assist those who suffer from arthritis. Nonetheless, we always recommend that you consult with your physician before engaging in any type of exercise program.


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