Arthritis is the most common chronic disease in the world and affects millions of people every year. It can affect any part of the body but the joints are the most commonly affected by arthritis. There are many types of arthritis that are caused by different things and it is very important to be able to differentiate between them before you begin treating your arthritic symptoms.
The first major type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. This type of arthritis is caused by damage to the cartilage in the joint due to normal wear and tear. It can be treated with a combination of pain relief medications, diet modifications and exercise.
Another form of arthritis is Spondylitis, which is an inflammation of the spinal cord. The joints in the spine become inflamed and stiff and symptoms include pain, stiffness and numbness in the affected areas. This is a condition that is not easily treated as there is no known cure but it can be effectively managed with medication and rest.
Rheumatoid Arthritis occurs when the cartilage breaks down and the body starts to attack the joints, causing extreme pain. The symptoms may include joint swelling, stiffness, and pain that may radiate to the back and shoulders. The symptoms of this disease can vary from person to person and it is very important to get diagnosed as soon as possible so that appropriate treatment can be started.
Ileitis is an autoimmune disease where the body is attacking its own tissues. As a result of this, the immune system will attack healthy tissues and this leads to pain and inflammation in the joints. It is often associated with the presence of Th17 cells and it can occur at any age. Ileitis is sometimes referred to as ‘adult-onset rheumatoid arthritis’ and the symptoms of this condition are similar to those of arthritis in older adults.
The classical type of arthritis is caused by the body’s reaction to foreign substances invading the body. Commonly referred to as the ‘autoimmune disease’, this arthritis is often referred to as ‘Sjogren’s syndrome’. It is caused by an overactive immune system, which attacks its own tissues. This disease can progress to cause permanent disability.
Treatment for arthritis is sometimes very difficult to achieve. Sometimes symptoms may improve on their own but in other cases the disease may continue to progress until it becomes very serious. With the growing number of arthritis sufferers, it is very important to seek the help of a specialist in order to prevent or at least slow down the progression of the disease.
Drugs are often prescribed to control the symptoms of arthritis but this does not have any effect on the cause of the disease and the drugs simply mask the pain instead of treating the cause. There are certain drugs that can be used to treat arthritis but these must be taken in conjunction with a full medical assessment by a trained medical professional to ensure that they are safe for you to take.
More than 90% of people suffer from the symptoms of arthritis and the general treatments for arthritis involve non-invasive treatments that are successful in most cases. These include dietary changes and massage therapy to treat stiffness and relieve pain.
Massage therapy is another popular non-invasive treatment for arthritis. While not generally used for a chronic disease, it is beneficial for improving blood circulation, joint flexibility and muscle control. This type of treatment can also be very useful for the muscle recovery that is necessary after a surgery for arthritis and the resulting decrease in joint pain.
There are also a variety of natural pain relievers that can be used as part of an arthritis management program. Tea tree oil and honey have both been proven to be very effective in reducing pain from arthritis and there are a variety of herbs that can be used to ease the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. Herbal supplements can also be effective in providing relief for arthritis as many of the plant-based supplements contain ingredients that are effective in reducing pain and inflammation and promoting tissue growth.