Managing Arthritis

Managing Arthritis

Arthritis is a painful disease of inflammation. This normally occurs in body joints. It can be referred to as a coup since inflammation is supposed to be a way for the body to heal but when it occurs for no reason at all then it is pain inflicting.

Arthritis literally means inflammation within the joint itself. Inflammation is part of your body’s healing process. It normally occurs as a defence against viruses and bacteria or as a reaction to injuries such as a burn.

But in people with this type of arthritis, inflammation often occurs for no obvious reason. This is referred to as an autoimmune condition and means that the immune system is attacking your joints. Instead of helping to repair the body, inflammation can cause damage to the affected joint and cause pain and stiffness.

Inflammation may also affect the tendons and ligaments surrounding the joint.

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For one to be able to manage arthritis effectively, it is important that they know the symptoms. These symptoms can be mimicked by other diseases so just visit a doctor to be certain.

While early signs and symptoms of RA can be mimicked by other diseases, the symptoms and signs are very characteristic of rheumatoid disease. The 12 rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and signs discussed in this article include the following:

Fatigue
Joint pain
Joint tenderness
Joint swelling
Joint redness
Joint warmth
Joint stiffness

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Arthritis can be managed without taking pills and even if you are on medication, it is important to ensure that you are not addicted. It could be about the shoes you wear or simply making use of tropical medicine.

While over-the-counter and prescription pain medicines can be effective if used properly, there are possible risks whenever you take a pill. So many people want to explore alternative pain relief therapies. There’s an array of options – from electrical stimulation to meditation, topical creams to shoes.

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Topical medications

What they are: Gels, creams and patches that are applied to the skin supply sodium channel blockers, such as lidocaine or prilocaine. Prescription NSAIDs that come in drops, gels, sprays or patches are also becoming popular.

The right shoes

What they are: Well, we all know what shoes are. But according to a 2010 study on 31 people with osteoarthritis at Rush Medical College in Chicago, researchers found that flat, flexible shoes like flip-flops and sneakers (Puma H-Street shoes were used in the study) reduced the force exerted on knee joints by 11 to 15 percent compared with clogs and special walking shoes.

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