is Arthritis -Rheumatism?
Arthritis, also called rheumatism is the generic name given to over 100
different but related conditions, which affect our joint. All these
conditions share the common characteristics of pain and inflammation in the
joints. Arthritis affects approximately one in five people in developed
countries. And one in three Americans are affected by arthritis or other
chronic joint problems. The most common types of arthritis are
osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and fibromyalgia.
Causes and symptoms
There are many common causes of arthritis,
including genetic, injury, infections, metabolic and immune system
disorders, nutritional deficiencies, stress and environmental pollutants,
Degenerative joint disease, or
osteoarthritis, is the most common form of arthritis striking 121 people out
of 1,000 between the ages of 18 and 79.
When bone rubs against bone because the joint surface is gone,
osteoarthritis develops. This rubbing happens when the cartilage that
surrounds the ends of the bone degenerates. Cartilage provides shock
absorbency and reduces friction as a joint moves. A joint consists of two or
more bones and the cartilage, which helps cushion the joint. Joints can come
in many sizes and shapes. Most often the weight-bearing joints, such as the
hips, knees and spine, are affected with osteoarthritis.
Early in the disease, your painful joints
may be stiff but won’t usually be warm or swollen. Over time the pain may
become constant and wake you up at night. The cartilage may continue to wear
away until bone is crunching on bone and a grating sound is heard. Deformity
results when one side of the joint collapses more than the other side.
Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form
of inflammatory arthritis. It usually first appears between the ages of 25
and 50, but it can occur in children and in senior citizens.
Most commonly the joints of the fingers,
wrists, arms and legs are affected and it will involve the same joints on
both sides of the body. Swelling, pain, deformity and stiffness are
typically present. Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis may also
affect the heart, lungs, and eyes of some patients. Rheumatoid arthritis can
also cause an overall feeling of sickness and fatigue as well as weight loss
Some patients with rheumatoid arthritis experience constant symptoms while
others have courses of bad periods or flares and good periods called
remissions. The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown but it is thought
to be an autoimmune disease meaning that the body tissue is the victim of an
immune response against itself.
Eighty to 90 percent of all fibromyalgia
patients are women between the ages of 35 and 60. Constant fatigue, deep
muscle pain, sleeplessness and depression are widespread symptoms of
fibromyalgia. Tender points under the skin have become a hallmark of this
disease. For all patients, these tender points are painful when pressed.
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) does not involve
the joints like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Rather it is a type
of rheumatism of the muscles, ligaments, tendons or soft tissues. Rheumatism
describes the stiffness and pain associated with arthritis. Although the
symptoms of fibromyalgia may come and go over the years, the disease itself
is chronic or long-term.
Non-Surgical Treatment Options for
Activity modification. As
your arthritis advances, your doctor may recommend a change in your physical
activities to help reduce the pain and inflammation in your joints. For
example, you may need to find different ways to carry out your daily
activities that are less stressful to your joints, perhaps by using adaptive
equipment. You may need to change, or begin, an exercise program. Your
physician can guide you through the modifications you need to your
Anti-inflammatory and pain
medications. Medications for advanced arthritis sufferers typically
include a combination of first and second-line medications. Some of these
medications include analgesics (acetaminophen), non steroidal anit-inflammatory
medications (NSAIDs), and salicylates (aspirin).
Physical therapy. Physical
therapy has proven beneficial in reducing the symptoms of advanced arthritis
and in increasing the sufferer's mobility. Physical therapy usually includes
an exercise program, which studies show can improve aerobic capacity and
alleviate depression and anxiety among arthritis sufferers. Exercise
activities may include range of motion, strengthening and endurance
Specialized braces may be
helpful in some cases of arthritis. The braces are designed to create a
force which transfers load from an area of the joint where the cartilage is
most worn to an area where there is still some cartilage remaining.
Weight reduction. Obesity does aggravate the symptoms of arthritis. Your
physician may recommend weight loss as a way to relieve some of the stress
on your joints and reduce pain and inflammation.
Additionally, some arthritis sufferers seek
alternative treatments, including everything from herbal supplements to
copper bracelets, mineral springs, magnets, large doses of vitamins and even
snake venom. Before taking any medication or alternative treatment, consult
your primary care physician.
Nutritional supplements that effectively treat arthritis
Green lipped mussel
inhibits inflammation in the body. Although
inflammation is normal under certain conditions, consistent or
excessive inflammation can result in pain
and damage to the body, including the joints. The human body makes
several chemical mediators of inflammation. Levels of these
chemicals in the body may be higher in people with RA who are
experiencing symptoms than in symptom-free people with
Shark Liver Oil: is a natural
product that has great success with arthritis because it contains different
substances that combat arthritis. It boosts the immune system with
alkylglycerols, it has squalene in it which is an antioxidant, it contains
vitamin E and omega 3 oils and combats Leaky Gut Syndrome which is at the
bottom of so many cases of arthritis.
Shark Cartilage has a long
history of use in traditional medicine as health-giving tonic. Our shark
cartilage is from 100% premium New Zealand deep sea
shark that is cold pressed to retain the high quality of
mucoplysaccharides and complex proteins.
Deer Velvet antler is now proving to be one of the most
beneficial products in natural medicine. Oriental physicians
have regarded it as an essential health, energy and sexual tonic
for the past 2000 years. The West is now benefiting from deer
velvet antler and its range of natural health properties.
Deer velvet antler has been scientifically proven
to provide the following benefits:
Is a natural supplement for Arthritis and
Improves Immune System functioning
Improves Athletic Performance and Strength
Improves Muscle Recovery after exercise
Is an excellent natural supplement for Womens
Provides Vitality and Anti-ageing properties
Is an alternative natural supplement for
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Is a superior source of Growth Factors
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Multivitamin Complex Complex
has been used in the treatment of injuries, bursitis, asthma,
arthritis and eye disorders.
A study in the
Journal of the American College of Nutrition examined krill oil (300 mg
daily) compared to a placebo and found that krill oil was effective at
reducing arthritis symptoms and inflammation.