|What are the Symptoms of Arthritis?
may experience the following signs and symptoms: pain and tenderness in joints
that worsens with activity and is relieved by rest, discomfort in a joint before
or during a change in weather, bony lumps on the middle or end joints of the
fingers or the base of the thumb, loss of joint flexibility, swelling around
the joint, restricted joint movement, crackling noise (called crepitus) when
moving the affected joint and referred pain (in areas remote from the site of
damage but on the same nerve pathway as the affected joint).
Conventional medical treatments may help relieve the symptoms of arthritis
but they do not address the root of the problem. By strengthening structural
weaknesses in the body, as natural treatments like Chiropractic and natural supplementation
do, arthritis pain can be alleviated permanently.
Discover why we believe that natural treatments are the best way to treat
|How does Arthritis Develop?
Although the exact causes
of arthritis is unclear, these factors may increase the risk: being 45 years
old or older and female; certain hereditary conditions, defective cartilage and
malformed joints; joint injuries caused by physical labor or sports; obesity;
and having other diseases that change the normal structure and function of cartilage,
such as hemochromatosis and Paget's disease.
means joint inflammation and is the leading cause of disability in the United
States, affecting about one in every six Americans. Although arthritis is often
referred to as one disease, it's not. There are more than 100 forms of arthritis. Osteoarthritis, sometimes
called degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease, is the most common
form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is most common in women and adults over age
45. It may affect any joint in the body, including those found in the fingers,
hips, knees, lower back and feet. The next most common form of arthritis is rheumatoid
arthritis affecting 1 in every 100 people; this autoimmune disease is three times
more common in women than in men.
Other forms of arthritis include chronic ankylosing spondylitis, which initially
affects the spine and the joints between the spine and the pelvis, and reactive
arthritis, which typically develops after an infection. Both gout and pseudogout are types of
arthritis in which crystals are deposited in a joint, resulting in swelling and
pain, and septic arthritis can develop when infection enters a joint.
|Modern Medicine's Approach to Arthritis
Modern medicine continues
to search for drugs, devices and surgical procedures to eliminate the chronic
pain associated with osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease. Anti-inflammatory
drugs have become a billion dollar business. While the drugs may provide temporary
relief, they do nothing to correct the underlying condition causing the pain.
In fact, in the long run, these medications do more damage than good.
Another common pain treatment for osteoarthritis is a cortisone shot. It's
also one of the quickest ways to lose strength at the ligament-bone (fibro-osseous)
junction. Cortisone and other steroid shots have adverse affects on bone, cartilage
and soft tissue healing. Unfortunately, many people suffering from arthritis
pain look for quick relief without thinking about the long-term, potentially
harmful side effects that could occur. The problem with cortisone is that, although
immediate pain relief is possible, it inhibits nearly every aspect of healing,
making the pain condition even worse!
In simple terms, anti-inflammatory drugs and cortisone shots are anti-healing.
They result in long-term loss of function and even more chronic pain by actually
inhibiting the healing process of soft tissues and accelerating cartilage degeneration
(the very cause of arthritis!). Plus, long-term use of these drugs can lead to
other sources of chronic pain, allergies, leaky gut syndrome and other serious
Finally, when all else fails, patients with osteoarthritis or degenerative
joint disease are referred to a surgeon. Although surgery may provide temporary
pain relief, this invasive treatment usually makes the condition even worse!
Remember, osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease is the result of an injury
to a joint that was never allowed to heal. And healing is possible!
Anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone shots, arthroscopy, and surgery used
to treat osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease all contribute to the
downward spiral in the development of these conditions. All of these treatments
help destroy the articular cartilage, which is the very structure that prevents
us from getting arthritis and degenerative joint disease. It will be your choice;
choose arthritis for your future or choose INFLAMYAR.
|The Natural Approach to Arthritis (Rheumatic
The way to alleviate
arthritis pain (forever!) is to stimulate soft tissue, ligament and cartilage
repair with the aid of Chiropractic and natural supplementation. Osteoarthritis
and degenerative joint disease involve the deterioration of the articular cartilage
that lines the joints and related changes in adjacent bones and joints. This
deterioration occurs because the supporting structures of the joints, primarily
the ligaments, become injured . . . NOT because of general wear and tear on the
joints or as an inevitable part of aging! Ligament injury is the culprit.
- A ligament is damaged through overuse or trauma, such as a sports injury
or an accident.
- Because of the ligament's poor blood supply, it does not heal (unlike muscles,
which have a good blood supply and heal quite easily).
- Over time, the injured ligament weakens, like a stretched rubberband that
has lost its elasticity.
- Since ligaments function as joint stabilizers, the injured ligament is no
longer capable of doing its job.
- As a result, the muscles must compensate. They begin to ache and spasm and,
eventually, the joint or vertebra in the area begins to compensate as well.
- Overgrowth of bone occurs to help stabilize the injured ligament, which leads
to arthritis, and a whole new level of pain and disability.
This downward spiral of pain can be halted and reversed only by stimulating
healing at the source—the ligament.
Care is a safe and natural approach in the treatment of repairing tendon,
ligament and cartilage damage. Chiropractic stimulates the body’s ability
to heal itself, repairing painful areas.
|Other Natural Medicine Treatments for
Over the past several
years additional information has accumulated regarding the use of glucosamine,
chondroitin sulfate and collagen II. These products are available without a prescription
from health practitioners or local health food stores. They have been shown to
be effective in pill form or via injection. Glucosamine can be extremely helpful
in reducing pain from osteoarthritis and can also help prevent further deterioration
of the joint. Another useful medicine for joint pain is Capsaicin. This is available
either as a generic or proprietary cream (known as Zostrix). When applied to
a painful joint on a regular basis, joint-related pain and muscle spasms are
decreased to a significant degree. Side effects, other than warmth, are very
rare. These creams literally work to decrease the amount of pain chemicals that
are present in the tissues surrounding the joint.
Also see: Eating
Right For Arthritis
Recommended Products: INFLAMYAR™
Recommended Articles: Surgeon
General’s Warning on Osteoporosis, Eating
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that may be derived. It is not intended to claim a cure for any disease or condition.
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