Living with the chronic pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion caused by arthritis is draining and debilitating. In addition to the physical symptoms it can lead to chronic stress, anxiety, and depression as your quality of life decreases and you are able to do less and less.

In this article we’re going to look at a form of arthritis called osteoarthritis (OA), its symptoms, causes and treatment options.


What is Osteoarthritis?

If you break down the word osteoarthritis you will find that its parts define a disease that refers to inflammation and degeneration of the bone and joints. In a healthy joint cartilage and synovial fluid protect the bones at the joints from friction and damage. These cushioning substances provide a smooth gliding surface which allow the bones to move freely without pain. When arthritis is involved, the cartilage breaks down which leads to pain, stiffness, and restricted movement. As the cartilage and synovial fluid are damaged, bone meets bone which can lead to growths called “bone spurs”. Pieces of bone can also break off, causing even more inflammation.

Over 27 million Americans suffer with osteoarthritis. It occurs most often in those over 65 but can affect younger adults, especially those with joint injuries. OA most often affects the knees, hips hands, and lower back, and sometimes the shoulders.

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

Symptoms of OA build over time and commonly include:

  • Stiffness in the morning and evening
  • Sharp aches and burning sensations in the joints that worsen with activity
  • Limited range of motion that goes away after some movement
  • Clicking or cracking when bending joints
  • Mild swelling around the joints
  • Causes of Osteoarthritis

    Although the causes aren’t fully understood, the following risk factors contribute to the development of OA:

  • Degradation of the joints over a long period of time such as with aging
  • Inflammation which breaks down cartilage through cell death or prevents new cartilage from forming
  • Joint injury which leads to inflammation and cell death
  • Obesity which leads to mechanical stress on the joints
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Lyme Disease
  • Certain medications
  • Genetics
  • Treatment Options for Osteoarthritis

    Although there are medications and pain relievers that can help with osteoarthritis, none of these address the root cause of the problem. Our mission at LifeWorks Wellness Center is to help you find the root cause, address it and help alleviate pain and degeneration through natural means. Since there can be several factors involved in the development of OA we want to look at these to see what is contributing to your particular situation.

    Certainly since inflammation is a major factor in the development of arthritis we look for evidence of leaky gut, food allergies, viral infections, environmental toxicity, and stressful lifestyles among others. Lyme disease can also lead to arthritis. At our Clearwater clinic we test for inflammation by checking blood work, stool tests, and urine tests.

    There are several treatment options for OA including but not limited to:

    Ozone Steam Sauna – Hocatt

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    Prolozone Therapy

    Prolozone® is a homeopathic/oxygen-ozone injection technique developed and pioneered by Dr. Frank Shallenberger. At our Clearwater clinic, we find it is excellent for all forms of musculoskeletal and joint pain including chronic neck and back pain...

    Allergy Elimination

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    IV Therapy

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    Lyme Disease Test

    lyme disease testA Lyme disease test is usually ordered by a practitioner when a patient displays symptoms of Lyme disease. The test for Lyme disease is a blood test which detects antibodies to the bacteria spirochetes Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria spread by certain ticks and arthropods...

    Nutritional Consultations

    At our Clearwater clinic we can assist the body in defending itself against cancer and other chronic diseases through nutritional support and immune enhancement. Dr. Springer is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, and expert in endocrinology (the hormone system), as well as gastroenterology (the digestive system). He has an in-depth knowledge of the right herbs...

    What is Leaky Gut?

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    Heavy Metal Toxicity

    heavy metal toxicityHeavy metal toxicity is a term used to describe the condition a person is suffering from when it is determined they have high levels of heavy metals in their body – they could also be described as being “heavy metal toxic”.

    Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF)

    When the cells of the body have been injured, such as with trauma or toxin overload or even cancer, they may lose their ability to generate proper energy levels to maintain their health. When this occurs they will swell and heal slowly or not at all. The result may be chronic swelling, or chronic...

    Ozone Therapies

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    LG’s Prolozone Success Story*

    My knee had been hurting and swelling with any activity. If I took the dogs on a 20 minute walk, I was in pain for the rest of the night. An Orthopedic surgeon told me to schedule an MRI and that we needed to do arthroscopic surgery to repair the meniscus – for the second time in 3 years.

    Success Story – Prolozone*

    ...after visiting Dr. Minkoff, their pain was gone....

    Rozone Therapy & Food Allergies*

    I have struggled with GI issues and up to 30 food allergies for the past eight years. Intestinal pain was part of my everyday life. By my third Rozone treatment, the pain started subsiding.

    After PEMF I Didn't Need Orthopedic Surgery*

    I fell and broke my shoulder. Being in my 70s... The doctor was amazed at my progress and I didn’t require surgery.

    Shirley’s Experience at Lifeworks Wellness Center*

    My husband walked through the clinic with a spring in his step and a smile on his face for the first time since we arrived – he’s basically been confined to a wheelchair for any distance that’s more than a few steps but today he was walking on his own – this is after only 2 weeks of his program!

    Jayme's Lyme Disease Treatment Success*

    My son and I were diagnosed with Lyme disease after 11 years of decline. This disease was uprooting our family. We began IV therapy, HOCATT, MAS MAT and Rozone and within about 3 weeks, we noticed a difference in our demeanor and energy levels.

    Dr. David Minkoff, M.D.
    Founder and Medical Director
    In 1995, Dr. Minkoff's wife became ill and her physicians couldn't find what was wrong. Not accepting their "no hope" conclusion, Dr. Minkoff went on a search to help her which led him out of emergency medicine into complementary and alternative medicine to find the answers. In the process he gained expertise in Biological medicine, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. The answers he found were soon in demand when others learned of his wife’s return to good health. In response to this, he and his wife, Sue Minkoff RN established Lifeworks Wellness Center in 1997 and it quickly became one of the most comprehensive complementary and alternative medicine clinics in the U.S.

           *Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary based on a patient's medical history and other factors.


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