What Can I Do About Arthritis Pain?
February 24, 2015
Arthritis is a term used to describe inflammation in one’s joint. There two major types of arthritis: 1) osteoarthritis and 2) inflammatory arthritis. Osteoarthritis, or more commonly, “wear and tear” arthritis refers to the degradation of the articular cartilage with use, time, or injury. It is the most common type of arthritis. Inflammatory arthritis, in contrast, is caused by processes that result in inflammation and subsequent degradation of the cartilage such as gout or autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.
There are many causes of arthritis. There is a hereditary component, along with other factors such as weight, native anatomy, and history of prior injuries or surgeries. Treatment strategies for arthritis center on decreasing joint inflammation and lowering impact onto the affected joints. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS) medications are commonly used for reducing joint inflammation. For conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, medications designed to affect the immune system may be necessary.
Maintaining joint flexibility and motion is essential to maintaining joint health. A low-impact exercise program and a regular stretching program can minimize arthritis pain and stiffness. The Mayo Clinic offers lots of tips on the benefits of exercise for easing arthritis pain. With SimpleTherapy you can design a specific program for your joints to reduce the symptoms of arthritis.
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