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Your Guide to Healthier Joints

Consumer Reports discusses tips for managing pain from osteoarthritis (OA), a progressive loss of the cushioning material that keeps the ends of joints from rubbing together, according to experts including Heidi Prather, DO, physiatrist at HSS.

Dr. Prather explained that many of the medications that are used for pain relief aren’t recommended for regular use by older adults, but a number of lifestyle and other nondrug treatments can help ease symptoms and prevent OA from progressing.

According to Dr. Prather, “Sleep is crucial to pain perception.” Insufficient snooze time can reduce the levels of neurotransmitters – feel-good brain chemicals that can help blunt pain.

Dr. Prather noted that a healthy diet is also important, such as a Mediterranean-style diet, which is rich in produce, whole grains, seafood, beans, and nuts. She noted, “your gut makes most of your body’s serotonin, a brain chemical that boosts mood and makes it easier for you to tolerate pain.”

Read the full article at Consumerreports.org.