The Arthritis Handbook
Improve Your Health and Manage The Pain of Osteoarthritis
A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness
Publication Date: January 2008
ISBN 13: 978-0-9793564-1-4
Trade Paperback: 224 pages
Size: 6 x 9 inches
Includes B&W Photographs, Glossary, Resources
The Arthritis Handbook: Improve Your Health and Manage The Pain of Osteoarthritis dispels the common myth that joint pain is a natural part of aging, and provides readers with the knowledge they need to prevent further deterioration, take an active role in their treatment, and ultimately reach their health goals. By making some basic lifestyle adjustments – including proper nutrition, exercise, and a few carefully selected supplements, most people with arthritis can enjoy a healthy, pain-free, active lifestyle. This handbook will help everyone affected by arthritis to better understand the entire spectrum of care— from diet, exercise, and supplements to more aggressive treatments such as drugs, injections, and surgery.
Special features include:
- Comprehensive nutritional strategies that will relieve arthritis symptoms
- A detailed exercise program, accompanied by photographs, that will strengthen muscles, protect joints, and promote overall wellness
- An explanation of how and why supplements work
- A list of suggested reading, resources, and a glossary of commonly used terms
The Arthritis Handbook: Improve Your Health and Manage The Pain of Osteoarthritis will help everyone affected by arthritis to better understand the entire spectrum of care?from diet, exercise, and supplements to more aggressive treatments such as drugs, injections, and surgery.
Part I. Getting to Know Your Joints and How Osteoarthritis Develops. Understanding your Joints; How Joints Develop ; Obesity and Arthritis; Making the Diagnosis. Part II. Nutrition. Nutrition Overview—Getting Started With the Cure; Drink Plenty of Fluids, Mostly Water; Eat More Fruits and Vegetables; Eat More Cold Water Fish; Eat Red Meat Sparingly; Processed Foods; Changing Your Diet: Moving Words into Action. Part III. Exercise. General Exercise Principles: Getting Started; Stretching; Principles of Strength Training; Strength Training Exercises; Aerobic Exercises; Exercise Prescriptions for the Knee and Hip; Achieving Lasting Lifestyle Changes. Part IV. Supplements. Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate; Fish Oil and Other Supplements. Part V. Medical and Surgical Options. Medications; Injections; Surgery; Conclusion. Appendices. Glossary; Web Sites for Further Information; Additional Reading
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Grant Cooper, M.D., is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician who specializes in the care of people with spine, sports, and musculoskeletal problems. He has a special interest in back and joint pain, and has published numerous articles and books in this area. He completed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell in New York City, and is currently in the department of orthopedics at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Cooper has received national and international recognition for his research on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. He is the co-editor-in-chief for the journal Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine.
As the host of “Back Pain Radio” (World Talk Radio), Dr. Cooper emphasized the concept that understanding your health problems and what you can do about them empowers people to make lasting changes for a healthier life. This book is intended to help his readers achieve that goal.
Praise for The Arthritis Handbook…
…a well-organized, exceptionally accessible guide to preventing or reducing arthritis symptoms through nutrition and exercise for public and academic libraries…The extensive section on exercise is clearly illustrated with photographs, and the list of questions for surgeons is excellent.”— Library Journal
This book empowers the reader to make essential changes that will lead to a healthier lifestyle. Arthritis or not, the reader will learn useful and important information about body function, exercise, and much more. Dr. Cooper provides the reader with knowledge needed to make healthy choices and to know what questions to ask when seeking treatment from medical professionals.”— Nancy E. Strauss, MD, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, N.Y. Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia and Cornell Universities
The Arthritis Handbook is a wonderful book for all patients with arthritis as well as anyone wishing to avoid joint pain in the future. Using easy-to-read language, Dr. Cooper explains how arthritis is caused, and seamlessly depicts how it can be prevented and treated. Nutrition, exercise, supplements, medications, injections and even surgical options are all explored with wonderful clarity. Readers will find this book both practical and informative.” — Loren Fishman, MD, Author of Yoga for Arthritis: The Complete Guide and Sciatica Solutions: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Cure of Spinal and Piriformis Problems