Know about Arthritis – the common bone and joint problem. Find out the different types of Arthritis, Arthritis treatment and the Arthritis natural Remedies.
Arthritis is a very common bone and joint problem affecting a majority of people above the age of 50. Though sometimes arthritis symptoms start showing up in 30s as well, it can often be cured and controlled at that stage. There are more than 100 types and forms of arthritis but some of the most common types are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gouty arthritis and septic arthritis.
How Arthritis Develops
Aging causes natural wear and tear of bones and joints. This wear and tear is felt by mild joint pain which often subsides by using OTC drugs or ointments. At this stage, the patient should be alarmed and arthritis treatment or diagnosis must be started. The pain is usually due to minor inflammation which keeps on aggravating and results in full blown arthritis in any of the above mentioned arthritis forms. Arthritis development may take place due to infection or injury also for which age does not make a difference. Arthritis due to infection is called Septic Arthritis.
Some of the Most Common Types of Arthritis
It is also known as degenerative arthritis or joint disease. Osteoarthritis is caused due to the breakdown of joint cartilage and nearby bones. Usually weight bearing joints such as hips, knees, thumbs, arms and leg are most affected by this type of arthritis. Common osteoarthritis symptoms are pain, stiffness, crackling noise from the affected part and hard bony enlargements with redness and swelling.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
This type of arthritis is basically an autoimmune disorder affecting the joints. Though the exact cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis is debatable, it is widely accepted by the experts that body’s immune system itself attacks the joints and results in inflammation of joints. In fact it may cause other issues as well such as low red blood cells, , inflammation around lungs and heart. It may also interfere with the human muscular system. The major Rheumatoid Arthritis symptom is stiffness in joints especially in the morning.
This type of arthritis is caused by high levels of uric acid in blood that gets deposited in joints, tendon and surrounding tissues. Early gout symptoms include recurrent arthritis attack resulting in red, tender and swollen joints. More than half of gout cases involve big toe.
It is also known as infectious arthritis. As this type of arthritis is caused by an external infection, its treatment and symptoms are also different.
Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)
This type of arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease of axial skeleton. Early AS symptoms include lower back pain with some stiffness especially in the morning hours.
- Swelling in the affected area
- Pain with joint stiffness
- Weight Loss
- Inability to move the affected part smoothly
- Muscle Weakness
- Disturbed Sleep and Fatigue
Though there is no sure-shot treatment or cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis or Osteoarthritis, there are various therapies that work wonders in helping the patient manage the disease easily. However it all depends upon the type and severity of the problem. Therefore the treatment also varies from person to person. Some of common arthritis treatments are
- Physical Therapy and Exercise
- Weight Loss or Control to Manageable Levels
- Orthopedic Bracing
- Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Arthritis Natural Remedies
- Epsom Salt Bath
- Soak the affected part of the body in Epsom salt (half cup) with warm water. Soak for 15 minutes every day.
- Consume Magnesium Rich food such as leafy vegetables.
- Rub virgin olive oil at the affected part
- Use Dandelion Leaves