Basics of Arthritis
Here are some very, very basic details of 2 types of Arthritis……….
Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint.
In the UK, millions of people have arthritis or other, similar conditions that affect the joints. Arthritis affects people of all ages, including children and is very debilitating.
Symptoms of arthritis
There are lots of different types of arthritis and the symptoms you experience will vary depending on the type you have but they include:-
- joint pain, tenderness and stiffness
- inflammation in and around the joints
- restricted movement of the joints
- warm red skin over the affected joint
- weakness and muscle wasting
Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the 2 most common types of arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the UK. It most often develops in people in their mid-40s or older. It’s also more common in women and people with a family history of the condition, but it can occur at any age as a result of an injury or be associated with other joint-related conditions, such as gout or rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis initially affects the smooth cartilage lining of the joint. This makes movement more difficult than usual, leading to pain and stiffness. Once the cartilage lining starts to roughen and thin out, the tendons and ligaments have to work harder. This can cause swelling and the formation of bony spurs called osteophytes. Severe loss of cartilage can lead to bone rubbing on bone, altering the shape of the joint and forcing the bones out of their normal position.
The most commonly affected joints are those in the:
Rheumatoid arthritis is less common than osteoarthritis. It often starts when a person is between 30 and 50 years old. Women are more likely to be affected than men. In rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s immune system targets affected joints, which leads to pain and swelling. The outer covering (synovium) of the joint is the first place affected. This can then spread across the joint, leading to further swelling and a change in the joint’s shape. This may cause the bone and cartilage to break down.
Did you know that the following are also types of arthritis and related conditions?
- ankylosing spondylitis
- cervical spondylosis
- psoriatic arthritis
- enteropathic arthritis
- reactive arthritis
- secondary arthritis
- polymyalgia rheumatica
Is HOMEOPATHY the answer?
For many people YES it is……If you have been diagnosed with any of the above you could consider HOMEOPATHY to help alleviate your symptoms. It works brilliantly alongside conventional medication and comes with no side effects. It is a safe, gentle yet effective holistic medicine that works to bring balance to a system that is struggling and could be just what you are looking for.
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