Red, burning, swollen and so stiff you donít want to moveÖthatís what those who suffer from
arthritis experience on a daily basis. If you know this all to well, you are probably one of the
46 million Americans (thatís 1 out of every 5 people) that are living with arthritis every day. To
better understand how to get relief from this debilitating disease we need to dive deeper into its
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis actually means joint (arthr) inflammation (itis). Arthritis can be used to define a
group of more than 100 rheumatic diseases and other conditions that can cause pain, stiffness and
swelling in the joints or any part of your body. Additionally, it can damage the joint cartilage
which can lead to joint weakness, instability and visible deformities that can interfere and, in
severe cases, limit a personís ability to perform most basic daily tasks such as walking, climbing
stairs, using a computer keyboard, washing dishes or brushing your teeth. Arthritis can affect
anyone regardless of age and most commonly affects joints in the knees, hips, hands and spine. If
left undiagnosed and not treated properly, arthritis can cause irreversible damage to the joints,
bones, organs, and skin. Not to mention dramatically impair your quality of life.
Some of the types of arthritis which are associated with - rheumatoid arthritis
- polymyalgia rheumatica
Arthritis-related conditions primarily affect the muscles and the bones but it is also considered
to be systemic, affecting the whole body. Arthritis can cause damage to any bodily organ or
system, including the lungs, kidneys, blood vessels, skin and even the heart. The Arthritis
Foundation sites two independent studies (Brigham and Womenís Hospital in Boston and at the Mayo
Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota) both of which prove that the widespread inflammation in rheumatoid
arthritis is linked to heart disease and an increased risk of early death.
No one really knows the exact cause of arthritis but there are certain risk factors to keep in mind:
Genetics - likely to contribute to risk but no one knows how much.
Age - the older you are the more at risk you become.
Weight - maintaining a healthy weight will ease the load on the joints.
Previous Injury - major injuries are likely to contribute to risk.
Occupational Hazards - repetitive, high demand jobs increase risk.
Certain Sports - high level, high demand sports can contribute to arthritis (however,
general exercise is always a plus)
Illness or infection - an infection in the joint or gout can lead to arthritis.
What we do know is that when you have arthritis your immune system goes into over-drive and causes
the joints to swell and become inflamed. Therefore, treating the inflammation becomes key in
managing the pain and discomfort associated with this condition.
Sadly enough, the Arthritis Foundation reports that half of those Americans with arthritis donít
believe anything can be done to help ease their pain. You may be in that situation yourself,
having thrown your hands up in frustration and simply decided to live with your pain. The good
news is that by reducing the inflammation you can significantly ease the painful symptoms
associated with arthritis.
Here are a few ways to reduce your inflammation:
Exercise - less weight equals less stress on joints
Diet - Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole-grain products; limit sugar, salt and fat
(especially saturated fat found in animal products)
Rest - a good balance between rest and activity is the key to joint health
Over-the-counter and prescription medications - while these may provide temporary relief by
masking the pain they not always get to the root of the problem - inflammation. They can also
have serious side effects, especially with long-term use.
Natural anti-inflammatory supplements - probably the most promising natural approach to
reducing inflammation in a long while. We recommend looking for supplements containing systemic
enzymes and all-natural herbal ingredients.
By taking these simple steps to reducing inflammation you will be well on your way to managing
your arthritis pain and it devastating effects on your mind and body. Everyone should strive to
achieve a healthy and active lifestyle for optimal health and wellbeing.
For more information on Arthritis and the simple steps you can take to control debilitating
systemic inflammation at itís core to finally get your life back go toÖ http://www.losethebackpain.com
- Name: Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS
- Date: 03/31/07 at 10:44
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