from Spence’s Pharmacy

Summer time is here and that brings more people outdoors doing fun activities. However, movement is impaired for many of us due to joint pain. Whether it’s either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, both can be debilitating, as the joints tend to lose the spongy cartilage that protects the bones from rubbing against each other. Oral agents, such as glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, and hyaluronic acid, all contribute to restoring the sponginess of the joint cartilage. Bromelain, a plant enzyme, is often added to supplements to enhance absorption of active agents and serve as an anti-inflammatory agent to relieve pain and swelling. Herbal agents are well established in the medical literature for their anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. And those, such as curcumin, boswellia, turmeric, and devil’s claw, can be valuable adjuncts to effective pain management.  See your local pharmacist to help aid you in joint pain relief.