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Success Story – Easing the Pain of Arthritis

January 20, 2014 in Success Stories

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In association with the National Post, we are pleased to present the third of several Patient Diaries where our customers have shared their stories in an interview with the National Post.


More than four million Canadians aged 15 and older have been diagnosed with arthritis, according to Statistics Canada’s Canadian Community Health Survey 2012. A study by the Public Health Agency of Canada notes that number will rise to seven million, or one in five Canadians, by 2031.

Arthritis is a condition that affects joints and their surrounding and connective tissues. It can affect anyone at any time regardless of age, gender, physical condition, or ethnicity.

While there are more than 100 related conditions, the most familiar are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder caused when a person’s antibodies attack the tissue in the lining of the joints, resulting in inflammation, swelling and pain.

Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is a degenerative joint disease caused by gradual erosion of cartilage, the protective material covering the ends of bones. What results is bone-on-bone movement that causes pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints.

Madge Broomfield of Brampton, Ont., suffers the debilitating effects of osteoarthritis: “It causes me so much pain in my knees and hip and has negatively affected my life. I have to think about where I travel, what I do, and how many stairs may be in my path.”

Osteoarthritis often affects the fingers, hips, knees, and areas of the spine. According to a 2010 study, it accounts for more than 80% of hip replacement surgeries and 90% of knee replacements in Canada.

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Secondary causes of osteoarthritis include trauma such as sport injuries, repetitive stress and poor posture. These can cause premature wear and tear on the joints, especially if combined with alignment problems resulting from scoliosis, a car accident or poor footwear, says Michael Ho, doctor of chiropractic and acupuncture and founder of DrHoNow.com in Markham, Ont.

“A sedentary lifestyle can be equally damaging,” he says. “Within the enclosed joint is a lubricating fluid (synovial fluid) that washes the cartilage and nourishes its cells. This fluid can only function properly and fully lubricate the cartilage when the body is moving. Lack of movement can lead weight-bearing joints, especially in the spine, knee and hip, to degenerate faster than normal.”

The key to alleviating the pain of osteoarthritis is to keep muscles loose, Ho says, focusing on activities with lots of movement but not too much pressure such as cycling on a flat surface, daily stretching, Tai Chi, yoga or swimming.

“Just because you have pain in your joints, you shouldn’t stop using them,” he notes. “Motion is lotion for the body — get moving to keep your body functioning fully.” To help reduce inflammation, he also recommends daily supplements that contain glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin and fish oil.

For Broomfield, exercise, stretching and chiropractic sessions help keep pain at bay. She also uses Dr-Ho’s Pain Therapy System by DrHoNow.com, a Dr. Ho’s Wellness Products company, which is clinically proven to reduce inflammation, relax muscles and improve circulation around affected joints.

“I didn’t realize how much pain was in the deep muscles of my body until I used Dr. Ho’s product,” she says. “It is really helpful in bringing relief, especially when I am unable to get out for treatment.”

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  • Thomas

    September 23, 2015 at 1:07 pm
    Need more in put
    • Fiona Tang

      September 24, 2015 at 11:58 am
      Hi Thomas,

      What further input were you looking for? Please let us know if you have any further questions.

      Thank you!

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