Dietary Approaches to Managing Arthritis Symptoms

As the medical director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine in Miami, Florida, Dr. Alimorad Farshchian helps people with joint and mobility problems enjoy greater quality of life. Among the problems that Dr. Alimorad Farshchian regularly treats is rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis can greatly affect a person’s ability to live a normal, active life. It limits mobility and can cause a person to experience discomfort when performing everyday activities. Fortunately, there are nonpharmaceutical ways to help manage arthritis symptoms. While not proven in controlled trials, one approach is to eat a diet designed to reduce inflammation.

One such diet is the Mediterranean diet. This is a diet that emphasizes fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and “good” fats, such as olive oil. Many foods in this type of diet are rich in antioxidants, which can help prevent inflammation. Additionally, olive oil has been shown to reduce levels of chemicals associated with inflammation.

A gluten-free diet might also help some people with rheumatoid arthritis. A common symptom of gluten sensitivity is joint inflammation. For some individuals, cutting back on foods that contain gluten might help with their symptoms. Individuals should consult with a doctor, however, before starting a new diet plan.

Anatomy and Physiology of the Shoulder Joint

As medical director of The Center for Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Alimorad Farshchian treats many injuries and diseases of the shoulder. Dr. Alimorad Farshchian focuses on using cell therapy to treat the cartilage and other connective tissues.

A complex ball-and socket joint, the shoulder actually incorporates the movements of two interrelated joint structures. The first, the glenohumeral joint, functions where the humerus, or upper arm bone, meets the glenoid fossa of the scapula. This shallow joint depends on the rotator cuff muscles to support function and guard against dislocation. A ring of cartilage increases the joint’s flexibility, while area muscles, cartilage, and ligaments strengthen the joint itself.

The shoulder also receives much of its flexibility from the acromioclavicular (AC) joint, which is located where the clavicle’s lateral end meets a bony projection of the scapula. This projection, known as the acromion, connects with the clavicle to make a gliding joint that improves overall shoulder flexibility. The complexity of the shoulder as a whole makes it the most flexible joint in the human body, although the many delicate structures involved also make it vulnerable to dislocation. This frequently results from violent motions of the arm and can lead to surgery or permanent damage.