What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. according to the Arthritis Foundation. The disease is characterized as the inflammation of one or more joints. Symptoms of this disease include stiffness and pain in the joints. The onset of arthritis is usually in the latter years of life and can be debilitating.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

The most common symptom of arthritis is joint pain; however, symptoms vary from person to person and aren’t limited to the joints. Pain from arthritis is usually due to the improper alignment of the joints, causing hard bones to rub together, or by bones that have been destroyed by the arthritis itself. This can affect other areas of the body as well, these symptoms include:

Stiffness, most common in the morning
Fever
Swollen glands
Fatigue and Tiredness
Weight loss
Complications with organs such as the kidney, lungs and or heart

How do you Diagnosis and Test for Arthritis?

Diagnosis of arthritis is best done between a patient and physician. The physician will examine the patient’s history and joints for pain and inflammation. The doctor will then run joint fluid, urine, and/or blood tests and conduct x-rays to pinpoint the disease and rule out other possible illnesses. Because the disease can take on the symptoms of other illnesses, multiple visits with a physician may be needed in order to conclude a definite diagnosis. There are also many types of arthritis and establishing the type and level of arthritis a patient has can help in treatment of the disease. It is especially important to seek medical attention sooner rather than later. With early diagnosis, patients can avoid permanent disability or damage like obesity, cardiovascular disease and depression.

What are Treatment Options for Arthritis?

The stiffness of joints and pain that is associated with arthritis can make daily tasks unbearable. Activities and hobbies such as sports, dancing, and spending time with grand children are nearly impossible. Proper treatment can reduce and eliminate pain, improve your stiffness and promote mobility. Treatments include:

 

Holistic Treatments for Arthritis
Physical exercise
Physical therapy
Weight loss
Acupuncture
Vitamins and Supplements
Topical Remedies, like Capsascin cream
Chiropractic
Shoe inserts
Canes
Medication for Arthritis
Pain Relievers
Ant- Inflammatory
Steroids
Disease-Modifying
Hyaluronan Injections

 

Our Motto: You CAN live with pain, but we believe that you SHOULDN’T have to. Consult a doctor to properly identify whether the symptoms you are experiencing are the cause of Arthritis.