Things to remember about Arthritis

Arthritis. The disease is considered to be one of the most serious conditions in the field of medical science. It can make the life difficult for the person at times reducing the mobility to zero. The problem gets worse when the symptoms start developing into more complicated forms. For example, often with arthritis, another type emerges known as psoriatic arthritis. The side effects of this type are untreatable at times.

What comes to your mind when you first listen the word arthritis? Probably cracked knees and difficulty moving. That might seem to be rightly the case since the illness mostly tends to affect the limb region. However, are you aware of the statistics related to arthritis? In USA alone there are over 90 million cases of this condition. About a quarter of the patients have symptoms that are untreatable. In addition, most of the age group lies above the age of 50!

For certainly, there are a number of misconceptions that need to be cleared about Arthritis. This article will shed light upon some interesting insight into the conditions.

Use of X Rays

The primary thing anyone would when suspecting oneself of arthritis would be to get an X-ray done. Even when you see an orthopedic surgeon he/she will recommend an X ray to arrive at a final judgement.

There are now a wide range of X-rays available with the advancement of modern technology. However, did you know that professionals would still advise on old fashioned as opposed to modern? The traditional X ray machines have the capability to detect the condition accurately. It is also argued that their accuracy can match somewhat to that of MRI scans.

So as a guideline, go for old-fashioned ones as opposed to the modern. These modern techniques may not only be expensive but may reveal no accurate result after all.

Use of Anti-Inflammatory drugs

Your reports are out and you have been diagnosed with Arthritis. The second thing one will do is to resort towards treatment. Treatment is important to get hold of all the symptoms that are the roots of the problem.

Usually, people will tend to self-treat arthritis on the advice of some relative or friend and use anti-inflammatory drugs. It is true that most of the complications of arthritis are caused by inflammation but these drugs do no good. They will certainly aid in killing away the pain but this is usually temporary. Now professionals have argued that this way of self-treatment is not a long term solution to the problem.

First thing first, it is important to consult a medical professional. His/her advice should not be sidelined and all the procedures should be properly followed. Sometimes, the habit of self-treatment can be consequential if it leads to further complications.

Arthritis and Obesity

Not surprisingly and on a very unfortunate side, arthritis may lead to the development of cardiovascular diseases. It has been estimated that out of the total affected population, 30% will increase their risk of heart attack.

The reason is straightforward. People with arthritis find themselves mostly bed ridden. They are less likely to go out and perform physical activities. This in turn will make them obese increasing the chances of all related illnesses. In other words, the inflammation caused by this condition make the body vulnerable to cardiovascular diseases.

Using Herbal/ Natural method of treatment

In most cases, synthetic medications fail to yield their required function. Not only that, they may also come with strings attached in the form of side effects. Condition on one hand, side effects of the medicines may worsen the problem at times. An alternative solution is required when faced with such circumstances. Medical scientists are now increasingly recommending the use of herbal and natural remedies as counter to synthetic.

The herbal method of treatment for arthritis is cost effective and can be easily practiced at home. The trick is to perform the required remedies properly and make certain amendments in the daily diet. However, if the symptoms seem to worsen over time, a professional advice might be required.

1.Hot showers and ice packs

Interestingly for treating arthritis, the combination of both the two can be undertaken. Hot showers (or warm bath) may be useful in lessening the stiffness caused in the joints. While on the other hand, ice packs may be effective in considerably reducing the pain resulting from inflammation. Either way both of these techniques should be kept in mind and performed accordingly.

2. Acupuncture

You are certainly wrong if you think that acupuncture is a modern technique of healing pain. The history of this particular art dates back to Ancient Chinese Civilization about 1000 years ago. It is carried out by inserting needles in specified regions of the body. Doing so helps revitalize energy and as a result reducing the pain. Acupuncture is an effective remedy that can be performed not for arthritis alone but for over 100 other conditions. However, it should always be carried out under the supervision of a professional.

3. Including turmeric in daily diet

Patients with arthritis may need to make necessary changes to get hold of the condition. These changes include making amendments in the daily diet. It is important to include certain items while excluding others.

According to recent studies revealed, turmeric may be a good counter to arthritis. This food item originating from India has properties which can lessen the symptoms. Particularly, being anti-inflammatory allows Turmeric to reduce inflammatory pain. Thereby, as an important guideline, include this food item in your daily diet.

4. Herbal Supplements

As another alternative to synthetic medication, you can make use of a number of herbal supplements. They may be available easily at any herbal shop or drug store at times. These supplements are known to be effective in lessening the symptoms and providing relief from the condition.

The supplements you can use include:

·       Thunder God Vine

·       Ginkgo

·       Bromelain

Yet again, always consult your doctors before buying either of them. While they may not be harmful on their own, can still cause complications in the body.

Stress and Arthritis

Stress is known to trigger a number of illnesses including arthritis. It may not be a direct cause for the condition however can still worsen the symptoms. When a person is faced with stress, the body’s natural mechanism is disturbed. The brain starts secreting certain chemicals that attack the immune system. This in turn leads to the development of inflammation which intensifies arthritis pain.


There are a lot of ways to lessen stress in your life. The first advise professionals would give is to resort to moderate physical activities. When carried out in fresh open air, can increase serotonin production in the brain. This as a result stabilizes the mood.

Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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