Arthritis Q&A by Dr. Shiel

I have just been diagnosed with Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH). I'm currently taking antiinflammatory medications. Are there any exercises and/or nutritional suggestions that will also help?

Answer:

You must consult your doctor for the proper advice for your particular situation. Because DISH can cause loss of range of motion of the spine, exercises that involve stretching the spinal range of motion can often be beneficial. Physical therapists are specifically trained to provide instructions in this area.

As for nutritional measures, it is known that oils of fish contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can provide additional antiinflammatory effects that might reduce some of the symptoms of DISH. Omega-3 fatty acids can also be purchased in pharmacies and health-food stores as food supplements.

Thank you for your question.


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