Cerebral Palsy & Arthritis

Because of problems with muscles and the way our joints work, arthritis is something else that I may have to deal with as part of my problems with Cerebral Palsy. Research shows that 4 in 10 people with Cerebral Palsy, have a disposition to the condition through wear and tear of muscles and joints.

Osteoarthritis is normally considered something older people get, but younger people can have it too. Apparently by the time we reach 60, nine in ten people already have it.

There are things we can do to ease pain and inflammation, without the use of drugs.

The first key point would be:

  • Make sure you consume more antioxidant foods and take an antioxidant supplement;
  • Identify the foods which you think may contribute to pain and inflammation;
  • Reduce every day stress levels and if you take stimulants keep those to a minimum, as both can have an affect on our joints;
  • If the joints are inflamed, take a daily supplement of 1,000 mg EPA/DPA/DHA fish oil and an anti-inflammatory supplement containing Boswellia, turmeric and hop extracts. You could also take a glucosamine hydrochloride supplement together with an MSM supplement.

Osteoarthritis is linked to family history, but lifestyle and exercise can make it considerably worse and contribute to an earlier than would be problem with arthritis. The body structure were born with is passed on to us through our parents.

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15 Oct, 2010

4 thoughts on “Cerebral Palsy & Arthritis

  1. I was an athlete for many years in many sports and martial arts and then worked a very physical job all of my life. Today I live with the consequence of my actions,but I have good days and bad day. I’m 47 and my Orthopedic Surgeon says I have the joints of a seventy year old with arthritis.

    1. Brian, you’re absolutely right. In one way sports is very healthy for the heart, but depending on what sports we participate in like jogging, it does take its toll on our joints in the longer term.

      I know it’s not much of a consolation, but there are ways around what you deal with. I’m here for you.

  2. I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis about 10 years ago when I was 36. It does run in my family on my mom’s side. But my past life style and the other disease processes have contributed. I’m starting to eat better and my pain levels have gone down.

    Something else that may help is hydrotherapy. I have always felt better after doing some exercise in the warm water and after taking a nice warm bath. Doctors most of the time will tell you to use cold therapy, but the cold always made me feel worse. I have to use heat for pain therapy which usually helps.

    My grandmother took two tablespoons of sea water everyday for her arthritis (we would get her about five gallons of sea water when we went to the beach, straight from the ocean). She also took vinegar. Some of the old remedies she found helped.

    1. I believe everything in life becomes a learning curve, when we end up with physical problems that could have been avoided with better lifestyle choices, but maybe not in all cases.

      I think that what works for one person, doesn’t necessarily work for another, but we have to find what works for us and stick to the winning formula so that we can live our lives with less pain.

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