ade to arthritis


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011

“I am interested in physical medicine because my father was. I am interested in medical research because I believe in it. I am interested in arthritis because I have it.”

Bernard M. Baruch quotes

Arthritis literally means joint inflammation. Arthritis is not a single disease. Arthritis refers to a group of more than 100 rheumatic diseases and other conditions that can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints.

Any part of your body can become inflamed or painful from arthritis. Some rheumatic conditions can result in debilitating, even life-threatening complications or may affect other parts of the body including the muscles,
bones, and internal organs.

There are two types of Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis


Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, results from wear and tear. The pressure of gravity causes physical damage to the joints and surrounding tissues, leading to:

decreased function

Initially, osteoarthritis is non-inflammatory and its onset is subtle and gradual, usually involving one or
only a few joints. The joints most often affected are the:

lower back

Osteoarthritis affects each person differently. In some people, it progresses quickly;
in others, the symptoms are more serious.

Factors for this condizion

being overweight
the aging process
joint injury i.e. sports injuries
other stresses on the joints

signs and symptoms

Joint soreness after inactivity or periods of overuse of a joint.

Stiffness after rest and disappears quickly as activity begins again.

Morning stiffness lasting no longer than 30 minutes.

Joint pain which is less in the morning and stronger at the end of the day following activity.

Muscle atrophy around joints caused by inactivity can increase pain.

Pain and stiffness can affect posture, coordination and ability to walk.

Joints of the knees, hips, fingers, lower spine, and neck are most commonly
affected by osteoarthritis. The knuckles, wrists, elbows, shoulders and ankles arerarely affected by osteoarthritis except when you injure or overuse the joint.

Signs of hip osteoarthritis may include pain in the groin, inner thigh, or buttocks and a pronounced limp.

Signs of knee osteoarthritis may include pain exacerbated by moving the knee, knee locking or catching,
pain when standing up from a chair, pain when going up and down stairs, and weakening thigh muscles.

Signs of osteoarthritis of the fingers may include pain and swelling of the finger joints, the presence
of Heberden's nodes or Bouchard's nodes, enlarged joints, and problems with manual dexterity.

Signs of osteoarthritis of the feet may first be revealed by pain and tenderness in the large joint
of the big toe. Certain shoes, such as high heels, can provoke pain in osteoarthritic feet too.

Osteoarthritis of the spine occurs when there is deterioration of spinal discs.
The breakdown can cause osteophytes (bone spurs) to develop. The neck and lower back are stiff and painful.
Pressure on nerves in the spinal cord can cause pain radiating to the neck, shoulder, arm, lower back, and
legs or numbness in arms and legs.

Financial effects of osteoarthritis

treatment costs
income lost due to disability

Lifestyle effects include:

feelings of helplessness
limitations on daily activities
work limitations

Despite these challenges, most people with osteoarthritis can lead active and productive lives.
They succeed by using osteoarthritis treatment strategies, such as the following:

pain relief medications
patient education
mutual support
learning self-care

having a positive attitude


Don't ignore pain and assume it will go away.

Don't try self treatment prior to getting a diagnosis from a doctor.

If you suspect arthritis, consult a rheumatologist, a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and
treating arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.

Always tell your doctor about any significant changes in your condition.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Basics:

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, inflammatory type of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is also
classified as an autoimmune disease (immune cells attack the body's own healthy tissues)
.The joints are primarily affected by rheumatoid arthritis, but there can be systemic effects (i.e. organs) as well.

Follow your medication schedule and treatment plan.

Symptoms »

RA usually affects joints on both sides of the body equally. Wrists, fingers, knees, feet, and ankles are the most commonly affected.

The disease often begins slowly, usually with only minor joint pain, stiffness, and fatigue.

Joint symptoms may include:

Morning stiffness, which lasts more than 1 hour, is common. Joints may feel warm, tender,
and stiff when not used for an hour.
Joint pain is often felt on the same joint on both sides of the body.
Over time, joints may lose their range of motion and may become deformed.

Other symptoms include:

Chest pain when taking a breath (pleurisy)
Dry eyes and mouth (Sjogren syndrome)
Eye burning, itching, and discharge
Nodules under the skin (usually a sign of more severe disease)
Numbness, tingling, or burning in the hands and feet


Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease in which inflammation (pain, heat and swelling) affects the joints and other organs of the body. The hands, feet and knees are commonly affected. Stiffness in the joints is common, especially in the morning. There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis but there are ways to manage it.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes pain and inflammation of the joints. Other parts of the body can also be affected. Inflammation causes the joints to become painful and swollen and movement may be restricted. Stiffness in the joints is common, especially in the morning. The inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis can result in damage to the joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis usually starts in middle life, with onset generally occurring between the ages of 35 to 64, and affects 2.5 per cent of Australia’s population. An estimated 57 per cent of people with rheumatoid arthritis are women.

Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
The most common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include:

Swelling, pain and heat in the joints
Stiffness in the joints, especially in the morning
Persistent fatigue
Sleeping difficulties because of the pain
Weak muscles
The same joints on both sides of the body are usually affected.

Seek advice early
It is important to seek medical advice early in the course of the condition. Early treatment will help
you manage pain more effectively and minimise long-term joint damage.

Managing rheumatoid arthritis

Aids and Equipment likewalking aids,
Relaxation Techniques
Nutrition healthy ,balanced food
Best wishes,
Jun 4, 2011
Very informative post. Thanks for sharing it.. The one that my grandma used to aid her arthritis is the health supplement called "High Potency Joint Aid". It's been prescribed by our family doctor that said to be a powerful anti-inflammatory supplement as it quick & effective relief from rheumatoid arthritis pain. I know it's been a popular more not just only for those who have arthritis but it was also being used by athletes and runners to helps treat and prevent sports injuries.

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