Arthritis is a severe or chronic inflammation of one or several joints. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative non-inflammatory joint disease that causes cartilage degeneration.
This page explores the symptoms of arthritis, and provides an array of natural solutions to alleviate them. There's also a Q&A service where you can get answers to all your questions.
Signs of arthritis
Arthritis and osteoarthritis are characterized by the degradation of the cartilage that covers the surfaces of the joints. Repetitive movements such as jogging, typing or working on an assembly line, are largely to blame for this condition.
When the cartilage is worn off, the bone extremities rub directly one against the other, causing inflammation and pain.
Pain is the way your body sends a distress signal; it should not be ignored.
Common arthritis symptoms
Depending on the type of arthritis you have, your signs and symptoms may include:
- Decreased range of motion
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most prevalent kind of arthritis, affecting more than three million Canadians. Osteoarthritis (OA), also termed degenerative joint disease, is caused by wear and tear of one or more joints. The joints most commonly affected are the large weight bearing ones such as the hips and knees.
In the West arthritis of the hips is the most commonly encountered form of OA, whereas in the East, for some unknown reason, the knees are the most commonly affected joint.
Hand arthritis symptoms
- Pain in some or all of the joints, including joints of the fingers, wrists, and thumbs
- The growth of bony knobs on finger joints
- Numbness in fingers
- Swollen, red, or warm joints
- Stiffness in the fingers, especially in the morning in patients who have rheumatoid arthritis
- Growth of lumps, or nodules, under the skin of the hands in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
- Difficulty with motions that require gripping and twisting, such as opening jars
Knee arthritis symptoms
There are three different types of arthritis that can occur in your knees. The most common type is osteoarthritis, a progressive disease that slowly wears away joint cartilage. This type of arthritis is most likely to strike after middle age.Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease that can strike at any age.When arthritis develops following an injury to the knee, it is called post-traumatic arthritis. It can occur years after a torn meniscus, injury to ligament, or fracture of the knee.
The most common symptoms are:
- Gradual Increase in Pain
- Swelling or Tenderness
- Buckling and Locking
- Grinding, Cracking or Popping Sounds
- Poor Range of Motion
- Loss of Joint Space
- Deformities of the Knee
Hip arthritis symptoms
Regardless of the type of arthritis, symptoms of hip arthritis include:
- Pain in the hip joint that may include pain in the groin, outer thigh, or buttocks
- Pain that is typically worse in the morning and lessens with activity
- Difficulty walking or walking with a limp
- Pain that worsens with vigorous or extended activity
- Stiffness in the hip or limited range of motion
What causes arthritis
Excessive use of a joint will lead to excessive wear of the articular cartilage. This gives rise to an irregularity of the articular surface which, in turn, leads to excessive levels of friction and greater wear of the joint. The cartilage becomes thinner and the cartilage forming cells are unable to keep up with the loss of cells. The articular surfaces may then degenerate to such an extent that the bony surfaces come into direct contact.
Excessive amounts of friction lead to inflammation in the joint and an excessive production of synovial fluid. Bursae surrounding the joint may become inflamed and the end result is a swollen joint.
Aside from repetitive movement, acidity is also an important factor in the development of arthritis and osteoarthritis. Acid forming foods tend to bind to the alkaline minerals essential for the bones (such as calcium and magnesium), rendering them unusable by the body.
When bones and cartilage no longer receive the necessary nutrients, they become fragile and brittle. Furthermore, the acids from food have a tendency to accumulate in the joints, exacerbating inflammation. Stress contributes to acidify the body while excess weight can aggravate the situation.
Natural remedies for arthritis
A.Vogel's Joint Pain Relief is composed of devil’s claw, a plant that works at different levels of the inflammatory process. Researches show that devil’s claw effect on inflammation is equivalent to any conventional anti-inflammatory without the side effects. It is highly effective for rheumatoid arthritis since in the long term, it helps balance the immune reactions. Some conventional anti-inflammatory medications can irritate the stomach and damage the kidneys. Thanks to its detoxifying effect (essential in the treatment of arthritis), devil’s claw is beneficial to both liver and kidneys. It can be used short term or long term.
Absolüt Arnica gel is a topical arnica remedy, a very powerful anti-inflammatory. Absolüt Arnica is a phytotherapeutic gel, not a homeopathic one; it thus contains a high concentration of Arnica. This plant contains sesquiterpenes lactones that can stop the inflammatory process. Absolüt Arnica also blocks the cartilage destruction process and soothes osteoarthritis pain. A comparative study between Absolüt Arnica gel and a topical Ibuprofen gel proved that Absolüt Arnica gel is just as effective.
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