Improve Arthritis Naturally
It is not uncommon that pain at joints and bones increase with age. Pain can cause stress and immobility, and affect the quality of life negatively. On a positive note, pain is the body’s signal for action.
Both arthritis and osteoporosis can cause pain but it is important to note the differences.
ARTHRITIS is the inflammation of joints, and can cause a lot of pain. Its common symptoms, depending on severity are :-
- Joint stiffness, especially within first 30 minutes after waking up, or after a long day.
- Creaking sound
- Pain during movement, and in severe cases, pain at rest.
- Deformity of joints
There are more than 100 different types of arthritis. However, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the 2 most common types.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage covering the end of the bones gradually wears away, typically due to overuse or sports injury. Without the protection of the cartilage, the bones begin to rub against each other and the resulting friction leads to pain and swelling. People above 60 years old and sportspersons are more prone to osteoarthritis.
The symptoms of osteoarthritis may include :
- Joint pain, swelling and stiffness which is worse at the end of the day
- Joint deformity and creaking
- Pain with limited motion or pain at rest in severe cases
- Most commonly affects large weight bearing joints such as knee, hip and spine
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints, affecting tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Usually, it first appears between 25 to 50 year old, but it may occur at any age. Women are more commonly affected than men. The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown. However, genes, infection and hormones might be contributing factors.
Rheumatoid arthritis affects small joints such as fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, ankles and toes. In serious cases, hips and knees are affected. The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may include :
- Swollen, warm and painful joints ( often affecting both sides of the body )
- Muscle and joint stiffness that is usually most notable in the morning
- Fatigue, loses of appetite and low fever
Besides relying on medication, arthritis can be better managed with quality nutrition and the appropriate types of exercise. Good nutrition provides building block and lubrication for joints.