Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when synovium tissue which acts as a buffer between joints
becomes inflamed. Osteoarthritis is the stiffening of cartilage surrounding joints.
Although normal aging and wear and tear seem to play a large part in developing the condition, despite years of research the exact cause of arthritis is unknown.
Physical inactivity, or to the other extreme -- repetitive overuse -- play a part in developing arthritic joints.
Being overweight is another typical risk factor that puts special strain on leg and knee joints.
It used to be that a diagnosis of arthritis meant a sentence of a lifetime of pain.
Today, research into prescription painkillers, herbal remedies, vitamin and mineral supplements, and physical therapy are helping manage symptoms as never before.
Arthritis symptoms and treatment
Arthritis (from the Greek, arthron or "joint" and the Latin itis or"inflammation") presents itself in several ways depending on which type you have. Osteoarthritis is indicated by a stiffening of the cartilage surrounding joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is when the synovium tissue (that produces lubricating synovial fluid) surrounding joints becomes inflamed.
On October 12, World
Arthritis Day helps raise
awareness of the disease.
Taking aspirin or ibuprofen are common ways to manage minor symptoms, followed by prescription anti-inflammatories and COX-2 inhibitors for severe symptoms.
Natural remedies to relieve pain and stiffness usually include healthy doses of Omega-3 oils found in salmon, tuna, or in supplements.
High on the list of other natural anti-inflammatory foods for arthritis include blueberries, broccoli, ginger, and turmeric. Additional studies have shown Vitamin C and Vitamin D to be beneficial in fighting free radicals that damage cartilage.
Just up ahead, find out more about arthritis around the Web at top sites offering information
on traditional treatments, the benefits of exercise, herbal remedies, and alternative treatments such as glucosamine and chondroitin that have been
shown to be effective in easing the joint pain & stiffness associated with arthritis ....
Arthritis Foundation - This site has all of the information you need in one, neat package of easy to find sections and easier
to understand articles. Be sure to take a look at Arthritis Today magazine online.
Arthritis.com - This user friendly site is sponsored by the drug company, Pfizer offering helpful information, and an online newsletter to keep you
informed of the latest developments.
Insight - A site for patients by patients. This site has a very good section on alternative treatments - if you're
looking for info on glucosamine and chondroitin or other nontraditional therapies, you'll get a balanced overview here.
Arthritis-Health - Check out peer reviewed advice and information on joint pain and types of arthritis, related treatments, glossary of terms, videos, free newsletter.
This information is intended as reference and not as medical
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.