Arthritis (from Greek arthro-, joint and -itis, inflammation; plural: arthritides) is a group of conditions where there is damage caused to the joints of the body. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in people over the age of 55.
There are many different forms of arthritis, each of which has a different cause. Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are autoimmune diseases in which the body is attacking itself. Septic arthritis is caused by joint infection. Gouty arthritis is caused by deposition of uric acid crystals in the joint that results in subsequent inflammation.
Additionally, there is a less common form of gout that is caused by the formation of rhomboidal shaped crystals of calcium pyrophosphate. This form of gout is known as pseudogout. The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative joint disease and occurs following trauma to the joint, following an infection of the joint or simply as a result of ageing. There is emerging evidence that abnormal anatomy may contribute to early development of osteoarthritis.
The most common symptoms of arthritis include:
- Joint pain during or after movement.
- Joint tenderness when applying ligt pressure.
- Joint stiffness early in the morning or due to a long period of inactivity like watching television or when at work.
- Loss of flexibility. You will not be able to move your join to its full range of motion.
- Hearing or feeling a grating sensation during movement.
- Bone spurs (hard lumps), may form around the affected joint.
The risk factors of arthritis include:
- Old age is one of the most common risk factors.
- Women are more likely to develop arthritis than men.
- Obesity is a common cause of arthritis. This is due to the increased weight which puts strain on the hips, knees and ankles.
- Joint injuries during your younger years can lead to developing arthritis. These injuries can include, sport injuries, car accidents, a fall or operation.
- Certain occupations where individuals experience repetitive stress on joins may eventually develop arthritis. These occupations include, builders, home or office movers, gardeners, repair men and individuals working in construction.
- Genetics is also a common factor. Inheriting arthritis from a parent or grandparent is quite common.
- Individuals born with bone deformities. These individuals are born with malformed or defective cartilage.
If you start experiencing stiffness, pain or a grating sensation, consult your GP as soon as possible. There is no known cure for arthritis but one can definitely reduce pain and slow progression.
There are quite a few natural remedies to help aid in the prevention and treatment of arthritis. These include losing weight, regular exercise, acupuncture, meditation and hot and cold treatments. Another great way to help treat arthritis and joint pain is to add a turmeric supplement to your daily routine. Turmeric is a anti-inflammatory and a natural pain reliever.
One can also opt for Ozone Therapy. Ozone Steam Therapy can decrease inflammation, decrease swelling, break up uric acid and speed up recovery of damages tendons, ligaments and bones.
Ozone Saunas can also help you loose weight. Ozone Therapy balances out the body’s metabolism, increases oxygen levels in the blood, improves blood circulation, neutralises toxins and impurities logded in fatty cells and breaks up fatty deposits. You can burn up to 500 calories per 30 minute Ozone Therapy Session.
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