Arthritis is a very common ailment and can be seen across all ages, sexes and races. It is the inflammation of joints affecting one or more joints at a time. A joint is an area where two bone meet and helps in the movement of the different parts of the body.
There are nearly 100 different types of arthritis with different causes and methods of treatment. The most common age category affected by this disease is usually 65 + years of age. It is becoming a leading cause of disability.
Symptoms of arthritis appear over time or sometimes suddenly. Common symptoms are swelling, pain, stiffness, and difficulty in movement. The disease becomes chronic when pain becomes unbearable, and very simple activities such as walking or taking the stairs become a challenge. Arthritis causes permanent damage which can change the bone structure, resulting in knobby joints. Some types of arthritis affect heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys and skin as well.
Types of Arthritis:
When the cartilage, the cushioning surface of the bone starts to wear off causing bones to rub against each other, causing pain, swelling, and stiffness. Osteoarthritis is the basic form of degenerative arthritis. In time, conditions can worsen when joints can lose strength and pain become chronic. Obesity, family history, age, and injuries are major causes of this kind of arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are examples of inflammatory arthritis. This condition occurs when the immune system becomes weak and is not strong enough to protect against infections in the body. This results in damage to joints and causes joint erosion. Researchers have found that a combination of gene structure and environmental factors sometimes triggers auto-immune arthritis. For example, smoking can sometimes trigger arthritis in people with certain type of genes. Early detection helps in controlling the problem before it becomes chronic. Since it is an autoimmune disease, the main goal of the treatment is to improve function, reduce pain and prevent further joint damage.
Sometimes a virus, fungus or bacteria can cause an infection in the joints. Examples of infections could be food poisoning or contamination, sexually transmitted diseases, and hepatitis. Generally antibiotic clears the infection, which results in the disappearance of the ailment.
This kind of arthritis is induced by the uric acid formation in the body or the inability of getting rid of excess uric acid levels. The excess uric acid builds up and forms needle-like structures in the joints causing excessive pain or gout attacks. The problem if diagnosed in early stages can be cured by diet changes, medication and lifestyle changes.
Treatment for Arthritis:
Arthritis is a condition when diagnosed in early stages or primary stages can be corrected and treated. With lifestyle and dietary changes as well as treatment under an expert helps in bringing relief in curing the disease or managing it. A healthy pattern of living will not only make you fit but will also keep your problems at bay.
Arthritis can be cured by alternative medicines using treatments like natural herbs, acupuncture, reiki, past life regression, inner child healing, etc.
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