The Best Home Remedies for Arthritis Pain Relief
Arthritis is a condition that affects joints in any part of the body, be it your fingers, knees, or elbows. The affected joints may experience decreased range of motion due to inflammation, stiffness, and pain. Inflammation may also occur in tendons and ligaments surrounding the affected joints.
Arthritis is common in women and occurs more frequently among older people, mostly because joints become weaker and less flexible with age. Although commonly associated with seniors, this joint related disease can affect anyone at any age too. This includes young people, especially after an injury or due to of some joint disorder. It’s estimated that about 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some form of arthritis.
There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. While this condition can present itself in a variety of ways, the most common forms of arthritis include:
Affecting millions of people across the world, osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It usually develops in the cartilage where damage to this connective tissue causes it to erode gradually leaving the bones in the joints exposed and causing them to rub together. Although any joint can be affected by OA, the most commonly affected joints are those of the hands, spine, hips, and knees.
The most common cause of this type of arthritis is the gradual wear and tear of the cartilage lining of a joint, which is brought on by years of joint use. This is why osteoarthritis mostly affects the old. Osteoarthritis can also be caused by damage to the cartilage sustained through some form of injury.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is not brought on by an outward force. It occurs when the body’s own immune system turns against the joints of the body and attacks the cells lining the joints. Overtime, the attack on the cells causes the cartilage to breakdown, which in turn leads to the damage of the joint itself causing it to become swollen, painful, and stiff.
Reasons why the immune system attacks the joints is unclear. However, this condition seems more common in women than men. Individuals who smoke or have a family history of rheumatoid arthritis are also at a higher risk of getting affected by this type of arthritis.
Aside from these two common ones, other types of arthritis include:
- Psoriatic arthritis: Inflammation of the joints brought on by psoriasis (a skin condition characterized by red, itchy, scaly, patches
- Secondary arthritis: A type of arthritis that occurs years after a joint injury such as a fracture or sprain. It is also known as Post-Traumatic Arthritis (PA).
- Degenerative osteoarthritis or cervical spondylosis: Mainly affects the bones and joints in the neck and is characterized by pain and stiffness in the affected joints
- Gout: A form of arthritis caused by too much uric acid in the body
- Fibromyalgia: A medical condition that causes pain in the body’s muscles, tendons, and ligaments
The symptoms of arthritis vary depending on the type of the condition one is suffering from. However, the most common signs that indicate you are suffering from arthritis include:
- Joint pain and stiffness
- Tenderness and inflammation in and around the joints
- Decreased range of motion
- Joint weakness
- Red and warm skin over the affected joint
See the home remedies on the next page!
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