Articular cartilage deterioration, called a spur, is caused by abnormal bone growth that occurs as a result of friction between two bones that eventually damage the cartilage called.
The damage that occurs in cartilage is due to the load during a period of time, as a consequence of obesity or a fracture. The bone spur can affect the knees, feet, hips, vertebrae and joints that have a continuous motion.
This type of spur interferes with the proper functioning of the joint as close as you press the tissues are the tendons and ligaments. The constant pressure causes pain, swelling, muscle spasm and often the loss of mobility and a creep.
Usually the pain is more intense in the early hours of the morning and after a rest period.
It is important to lead a very healthy diet always trying to maintain a healthy weight because excess weight increases the pressure on the joints and exacerbates the problem by making it more painful.
The consumption of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and foods rich in calcium and magnesium, increasing fish intake (rich in Omega 3) in the diet including flaxseed.
Red meat should be avoided, and foods with saturated fats, refined sugars and sausages. Also salt, alcohol, coffee and snuff should be eliminated from the diet.
Reduce the consumption of tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and eggplants, also avoiding artificial sweeteners and light products.
Medicinal plants, through the herbal medicine have an important role in the management of the spur. Like the devil’s claw extracts, juniper, white willow and meadowsweet help ease the pain because they have anti-inflammatory action. While the green nettle and lemon are excellent for their remineralizing action.
Aromatherapy can also be used by means of friction and massage with essential oils, the most recommended those based on soybean oil, and oil with essence of pine and juniper, lemon, ginger and juniper that relieve pain, activating blood circulation and helping to eliminate toxins.
Orthomolecular Therapy is currently applied as an alternative to the pain of the scar.
The intake of supplements with antioxidants, carotene and vitamins slow the formation of scar.
Also, physical therapy works with specific techniques such as neuro-muscular bandage seeking recovery through immobilization. Place an elastic bandage that makes the swelling goes down, taking analgesic effect.
Hydrotherapy also generates significant improvements in hot water baths to which you add baking powder and camphor baths alternating with cold water. This type of baths reduces inflammation by stimulating blood circulation.
The mud wrap the affected area where there are specific inflammation, in addition to producing a soothing muscle relaxation.
Stretching exercises, although it can cause pain are necessary and should avoid inactivity. Therefore, recommend swimming, yoga and walking. Should be exercises that do not impose stress on the joints.