Everyone wants to get better as quickly as possible. Some, however, have had the unfortunate experience of being prescribed a medicine that barely eases the pain. So they schedule another test and hear these scary words: “It’s time for a surgery”. Unsurprisingly, that’s enough for the person hearing those words to feel scared and nervous, to the point that they might even claim that their aches have “miraculously” disappeared in a span of minutes, and that the medicine was the perfect solution after all—all to avoid surgery.
What’s a scared patient to do next? Would you a) go through with the surgery even if it makes you shake in fear; b) not do surgery and live with the pain for the rest of your life; or c) try other methods first?
Studies show that over 70% of adults age 50 and above would try to use alternative medicine techniques like physical therapy and herbal medicines, if in case they do not feel comfortable getting treatment from an orthopedic doctor first.
Non-surgical treatments like those offered by MedWell Spine, OsteoArthritis & Neuropathy Center in Bergen County in Northern NJ may not be as “quick” as surgery, but they can be just as effective (not to mention the added relief of not paying thousands of dollars to go under the knife).
Complementing regular treatment for faster recovery is the prescription of a monitored diet, wherein a patient learns the proper meals that they can eat without aggravating their conditions. Here are some recommended foods:
- Salmon – The high Vitamin D content in salmon allows our body to absorb more calcium, which is important for strengthening the bones. Omega-3 acids can also fight inflammation that causes a painful/uncomfortable feeling every time you move.
- Dairy Products – Milk, cheese, and yogurt (all preferably low-fat) are also highly advised to be included in the special diet for orthopedic patients as a rich source of calcium.
- Spinach – This green vegetable contains calcium, vitamin C, potassium, and beta carotenes, which can slow the progression of some orthopedic problems.
Aside from these three, other nutritional foods like kale, broccoli, bananas, pineapple, soy, and sardines are also recommended to be included in a patient’s diet alongside regular treatment by your doctor.
Your orthopedic doctor will obviously want you to get better as soon as possible. However, don’t be too quick to concede to a surgery, especially if there are other non-surgical options left for you to explore.
ABOUT 70 PERCENT OF OLDER ADULTS USE ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE, researchnews.odu.edu
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