Arthritis Facts

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints that can cause pain, making it difficult to move or stay active. There are many forms of arthritis which range from those related to wear and tear of cartilage (such as osteoarthritis (OA)) to those connected with  inflammation  due to an overactive immune system (like rheumatoid arthritis (RA)). These many forms of arthritis make up the most common chronic illness in the United States. More than half of those who have arthritis are under 65 years of age. The majority of Americans with arthritis are women.

Arthritis can be distracting, distressing and dispiriting. It can make you hesitant, frustrated  and even prevent you from doing all the things you love to do. It is, quite literally, a pain. It is unfortunate that people continue to experience this condition, when advanced healthcare options exist such as Biomagnetism which attempts to restore balance to the body naturally through the use of magnets.  

Signs and Symptoms

Signs of arthritis are mainly limited function and pain in the joints. Here is more identifications: 

  1. Pain from arthritis can be continuous, or it may be recurring. It may be felt only in one part of the body or in many parts.
  2. Swelling: In some types of arthritis the skin over the affected joint becomes red and swollen and feels warm to the touch.
  3. Stiffness. is a common sign. With certain kinds, this is most likely upon rising after sleep in the mornings, or after resting at a desk, or after sitting in a car for a long time. With other types, stiffness may occur after exercise, or it may be persistent.
  4. Difficulty moving a joint: If moving any joint or getting up from a chair is hard or painful, this could indicate arthritis or a related problem.

Some forms of arthritis are more of an annoyance than a severe health condition. However, arthritis leaves millions to suffocate in pain and disability every day.However, arthritis leaves millions to suffocate in pain and disability every day. Moreover, many forms of arthritis can cause signs affecting various organs of the body and may not directly relate to joints. Therefore, indications in some patients with some arthritis may include fever, swelling of glands, weight loss, or feeling fatigued all day. And even signs relating to abnormalities of vital organs like lungs, heart, or kidneys. 

Causes of Arthritis

  • Wear and tear

Osteoarthritis is most commonly the result of wear-and-tear to the joints. Use of the joints over time can contribute to the breakdown of protective cartilage in your joints. This causes bone to rub against bone. That feeling can be very painful and restrict movement.

  • Inflammatory

Rheumatoid Arthritis happens when the immune system starts to attack  the membrane that surrounds the joints. Inflammation or swelling, deterioration of cartilage and bone occur rapidly, followed by chronic pain. 

  • Infection

Sometimes, traumatic injury or an infection in the joints can advance the progression of arthritis. For example, reactive arthritis is a type of arthritis that can follow some infections.

  • Metabolic

When the body breaks down purines, a substance found in cells and foods, it forms uric acid. Some people have high levels of uric acid. When the body can’t get rid of it, the acid accumulates and forms needle-like crystals in the joints. This causes immoderate and sudden joint pain, or a gout attack. Gout happens repeatedly, but if left untreated it can become chronic.

Types of Arthritis

Arthritis signifies many different joint conditions. Two common types are: 

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a widespread form of arthritis in the US.Wear and tear happen at joints when overstressed or with time due to aging. The condition can appear early in life due to obesity as it put extra pressure on joints. Joints that bear weight — like your knees, hips, feet, and spine — are the most common places it affects. Cartilage, the slippery material that covers the ends of bones, gradually breaks down. The Cartilages get squeezed between the bones due to being overweight which leads to damage and inturn wears away. The damaged cartilage makes movement painful.

Cartilage is a flexible, connective tissue in joints that absorb the pressure and shock created by movement like running and walking. It also protects the joints and permit the smooth movement. With OA, cartilage in your joints breaks down, eventually causing your bones to rub together and your joints to be inflamed with subsequent pain, bone injury, and even bone spur formation.

Age, obesity, injuries, family history, and joint overuse may raise your risk of developing OA..

Signs of OA

Common signs of  these conditions are:

  • Stiffness or swelling at joints 
  • Ache or pain while moving 
  • Lack of flexibility accompanying limited range of motion
  • Grating sensation
  • Development of extra bits of bone around the affected joint (bone spurs) 

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a condition when the body’s immune system attacks the tissues of the body, especially connective tissue.  That leads to inflammation in joints and degeneration of the tissue in the same area with time.   Persistent inflammation in the synovial (a soft tissue in your joints that produces a fluid that nourishes the cartilage) leads to the degeneration of cartilage and bone. This can then lead to joint deformity, pain, swelling, and redness. RA may contribute to premature mortality and disability and can compromise quality of life.It may be linked to conditions  that  include cardiovascular diseases such as ischemic heart disease and stroke. Early diagnosis of RA may give a chance to manage the symptoms effectively. This can reduce the impact of the disease on quality of life.

Signs of RA 

  • Pain or ache in a single joint or more 
  • Stiffness in more than a single joint 
  • Tenderness and swelling in joints 
  • An asymmetrical pattern of pain (like both hands, both knees, both feet)
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Fatigue or tiredness
  • Weakness

Other forms of arthritis or related disorders include:

Juvenile Arthritis

Juvenile arthritis is an autoimmune disease that is common in children under the age of 16. It can cause persistent joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and fevers that may experience signs for only some months, while others have lasting many years. Some types of juvenile idiopathic arthritis may have serious complications, such as growth problems, joint damage, and eye inflammation.

Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis when a person has too much uric acid in the blood, and it forms sharp crystals in one or more of the joints. It usually appears in the big toe but can also have gout in the knee, ankle, foot, hand, wrist, or elbow.

Lupus

It’s a chronic autoimmune condition that can cause inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs.

 Living beyond arthritis with Biomagnetism

While arthritis is technically manageable and steps can be taken to minimize discomfort, it is a very serious disease and can significantly reduce a senior’s quality of life. It makes sense that eating healthy foods, shedding pounds if you are overweight, strengthening your muscles, regular gentle exercise, maintaining a good sleep pattern and learning to move your joints safely are helpful despite which form of arthritis you have and which joints are affected. As there are many risk factors, it is difficult to pinpoint what exactly caused arthritis. With the lifestyle changes  the person may strengthen his immune system. While it does not offer a complete remedy, it provides support that can go a long way to easing the problem. Biomagnetism Therapy may help in total wellbeing that ranges from managing stress and discomfort caused by Arthritis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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