Natural Arthritis and Herbal Remedies

Arthritis is one of the most wide spread and debilitating diseases in the United States and is the leading cause of disability among Americans. According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1/3 of all Americans (almost 70 million people) will be stricken with one of more than 100 types of arthritis.

For the majority of us, there is no way to avoid the pain and inflammation caused by the onset of arthritis. Most individuals over the age of 50 exhibit some sign of arthritis since joints naturally degenerate, as we grow older. Fortunately, through a combination of medication, exercise, rest, weight-management, nutrition, and, in some severe cases, surgery, arthritis can be effectively managed. The best way to find out if you have arthritis is to visit your doctor. A qualified doctor can conduct a number of blood tests and x-rays that will tell if you have arthritis.

Unfortunately, Arthritis is a chronic disease that is not easy to get rid of and could quite possibly be with you the rest of your life. Your arthritis treatments will likely evolve and change over time. However, having a positive mental attitude and the support of family and friends may be the best way to relieve arthritis. In fact, today with good treatment, many arthritis sufferers maintain a fairly normal life.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common forms of arthritis affecting more than 20 million people in the United States alone. Osteoarthritis (OA) begins with the decomposition of cartilage in joints, resulting in joint pain, throbbing, and stiffness.

Osteoarthritis commonly affects many different joints including joints in the fingers, knees, hips, and spine. Other joints also affected include the wrists, elbows, shoulders, and ankles. Joints with a history of injury or unusual stress are much more prone to developing osteoarthritis than other joints.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) involves inflammation and possible deterioration of the lining of a myriad of different body joints. In some people, rheumatoid arthritis can also affect more than just the joints. It can affect the blood, the lungs, and even the heart. Inflammation of the joint lining, called the synovium, can cause a lot of pain, severe stiffness, swelling, warmth, and red discoloration. Joints affected with RA may lose their shape, resulting in loss of normal mobility. RA can last a long time and can be a disease with flares-ups and remissions resulting in a person being able to do little or no activity.

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Gout Arthritis

Gout arthritis is caused by deposits of needle-like crystals of uric acid in the connective tissue near joints and/or in the spaces between joints. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include inflammation, swelling, and consistent pain in severe cases.

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