Arthritis is a medical condition which results in deterioration and loss of joint surface cartilage. In arthritis, repair process fails to keep up with the breakdown. The myth that copper has some kind of curative effect on arthritis has been around for many years. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this fact that copper bracelets or in any form copper help in relieving joints pain. For many years, people have been attracted towards the idea that arthritis can be cured by such an inexpensive method of just wearing a copper bracelet or a magnetic bracelet.
Though, researchers have recently proved that copper or magnet have no effect in curing arthritis pain. In 2013, researchers from University of York experimented on this fact with around 70 patients. These 70 people had active symptoms of arthritis and they were given to wear 4 devices for five weeks each, over a period of five months. The devices were:
- An attenuated magnetic wrist strap.
- A demagnetized magnetic wrist strap.
- A standard magnetised wrist strap.
- A standard copper bracelet (used as a placebo or control device).
Neither participants nor the researchers knew which devices were being worn when. During the experiment, the researchers did blood tests of patients, with regular interviews to monitor their inflammation level, disability, pain and medication use.
The results showed no improvement at all in the patient’s arthritis. Neither placebo nor any magnetised strap did any effect on curing or improving the patients from their pain, swelling, tenderness, physical function and inflammation. The results were surprisingly consistent in every patient. The copper bracelet and magnetic bracelets were of no use for an arthritis patient.
How did Copper Bracelets Work for Some Patients in the Past?
The researchers’ team has suggested two reasons for the device being of use for some of the patients in the past. They are:
- One of the reasons they gave was that these magnetic or copper bracelets worked for some patients because they believed in them.
- The other reason was that patients started wearing these bracelets during a flare up period. And then their symptoms started subsiding naturally with time and they confused this as the effect of copper or magnetic bracelets.
Then What can be Done about Arthritis?
There are many ways which an arthritis patient can follow to preserve joint function, mobility and quality of life. If you are suffering from arthritis, you should first learn about the disease, as well as about its treatment options. Here are some simple ways which can help you manage your joint pains:
- Make time for some physical activities. Keep a balance between activities and rest.
- Maintain a healthy weight by keeping a healthy diet and doing some exercises.
- Do some exercises which can help in strengthening the muscles around the joint for support.
- Avoid excessive repetitive movements.
- Avoid injuries.
- Take as few pain medicines as possible.
Arthritis is a commonly misunderstood disease, and it can be managed by few simple steps in earlier stages. Though in some cases, joint replacement becomes necessary. If you are an arthritis patient, keep in touch with your medical advisor and follow their advice to stay healthy.