Control Your Inflammatory Arthritis
Reduce and Eliminate the Pain
If you are familiar with this by personal experience, you may be one of the 46 million Americans (that's 1 out of every 5) that are living with arthritis every day.
To better understand how to get relief from this debilitating disease we need to look more closely at its root causes.
Some of the types of arthritis which are associated with inflammation include:
What is Inflammatory Arthritis?
Arthritis actually means inflammation (itis) of the joints (arthr) and can include a great variety of joint problems. The term refers to a group of more than 100 rheumatic diseases and other conditions that can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints or other parts of your body. It can also damage the joint cartilage and lead to joint weakness, instability and visible deformities that can interfere your ability to perform basic daily tasks. If simple things like walking, climbing stairs, using a computer keyboard, washing dishes or brushing your teeth causes you pain, you know from your own experience. Arthritis can affect anyone regardless of age and most commonly affects joints in the knees, hips, hands and spine. If not treated properly, inflammatory arthritis can irreversibly damage joints, bones, organs, and skin. Of course. It also dramatically impairs your quality of life.
Inflammatory arthritis refers to conditions that involve the immune system and inflammation in the joints. In osteoarthritis there is inflammation because the articular cartilage on the ends of bones has been worn away. In rheumatoid arthritis, there is inflammation in the joint lining. Inflammatory arthritis stiffness and pain usually is felt early in the morning and after prolonged sitting. This is different from degenerative arthritis, in which the pain worsens later in the day and with activity.
Arthritis-related conditions primarily affect the muscles and bones but it is may also be systemic, affecting the whole body. Arthritis can cause damage to any bodily organ or system, including the lungs, kidneys, blood vessels, skin and even the heart. The Arthritis Foundation cites independent studies by Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota both of which prove that the widespread inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis is linked to heart disease and an increased risk of early death.
No one really knows all the causative factors behind arthritis but there are certain risk factors to keep in mind:
What we do know is that, when you have arthritis, your immune system goes into over-drive and causes the joints to swell and become inflamed. Therefore, treating the inflammation becomes key in managing the pain and discomfort associated with inflammatory arthritis.
Unfortunately, according to the Arthritis Foundation, half of those Americans with arthritis don't believe anything can be done to help ease their pain. I am a big advocate of education and personal education and responsibility for our health. That's why the philosophy of this site is:
Get toxins out, good nutrition in, keep moving, and your intricately-designed, self- healing body can get things working right and give you natural pain relief
You may have felt that yourself, and have simply decided to live with your pain. Perhaps you were just misinformed. Be assured that you can reduce your pain. The good news is that by reducing inflammation you can significantly reduce the painful effects of inflammatory arthritis.Here are a few ways to reduce your inflammation:
By taking these simple steps to reduce inflammation you will be making a good start at controlling your inflammatory arthritis pain and working towards a pain-free and happier life.
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