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All-Natural Remedies for Back Pain in Elderly

By Jeff Hill, 9:00 am on March 27, 2015

Dealing with chronic back pain can quickly put a halt to your senior loved one’s active lifestyle, but finding relief is easier than you may think. Seniors receiving in-home care in Phoenix have had success with these natural supplements that will help your loved one find pain relief without depending on pharmaceuticals.

White Willow Bark

White Willow Bark comes from a tree native to Europe and Asia, and the salicin extract from this tree provides relief for some symptoms. The most well known use of White Willow Bark is the reduction of inflammation in patients with acute back pain, joint pain, and osteoarthritis. White Willow Bark is also a natural replacement for aspirin.

Turmeric

Curcumin is the active ingredient in this centuries-old spice. Commonly used in Indian cuisine, Turmeric can be found in bulk powder and capsule form. Turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties and relief of joint and muscle pain. Studies have shown that consumption of turmeric has allowed patients to eliminate NSAID treatment.

Ginger

Another well-known anti-inflammatory spice is Ginger. Ginger can be found in capsule, bulk powder, raw, and tea form. Ginger is widely used for relief of the inflammation that causes joint pain. Ginger is also often used to combat colds, headaches, and upset stomach.

Fish Oil

A daily dose of 2 to 4 grams of DHA + EPA from fish oil has been shown to ease the inflammation that can cause back pain and other chronic conditions. The omega-3 found in this and other oils provides this beneficial relief.

Vitamin D

Low levels of Vitamin D have been proven to contribute to back pain and inflammation. Raising Vitamin D levels through supplements can be challenging and partnering with your loved one’s doctor for the proper levels is recommended.

Glucosamine Sulfate

This is probably the best-known and most advertised supplement for relieving back and joint pain. Widely available as a supplement, Glucosamine Sulfate not only eases the pain but will also help slow the progression of osteoarthritis.

There is no reason to suffer with back pain when there are many supplements that can help relieve the symptoms. Speak with your loved one’s physician about incorporating one of more of these natural remedies as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

For more information on bringing pain relief to your senior loved one, contact Home Care Assistance of Phoenix. We are the proud provider of Phoenix live-in care and hourly care services, and our caregivers can help your senior loved one maintain a high quality of life when chronic pain presents challenges with day-to-day living. Call (602) 388-1085 and one of our friendly Care Managers can schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.