Arthritic pain can be debilitating, but there are various options for the treatment of arthritis that offer significant pain relief.
Causes of Arthritis The root cause of arthritis is inflammation of joints. There are more than 100 types of arthritis depending on the cause of inflammation. However the most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs due to the daily wear and tear of the joints and is usually seen in elderly patients. In Rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s immune system attacks the joints causing inflammation. Other causes for inflamed joints could be injury, degenerative diseases, metabolic disorders or underlying infections.
Symptoms of Arthritis
Arthritic pain is often accompanied by a severe stiffness of the joints, limited range of movement, swelling, redness and warmth around the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis often attacks the knee joints, leading to severe arthritis pain in the knee, impairing ability to walk. If the inflammation is just beginning to set in, the arthritis pain may not be severe, but will manifest as a minor irritation. It is best to start treatment of arthritis as early as possible to prevent arthritis pain from completely taking over your life.
Options for Treatment of Arthritis
A simple treatment method is the application of alternative hot and cold compress on the affected joints, which has been found to give pain relief.
Exercise for Treatment of Arthritis
Specific exercises strengthen the muscles around the joint, giving greater support to the joint and gradually reduce the arthritis pain during movement. Range of motion exercise that aim to stretch the muscle and move the joint through its regular range of motion help improve the flexibility of the joints. Always consult a doctor before you embark on an exercise routine.
Initiate exercises such as walking, jogging, cycling to lose weight as excess weight puts greater pressure on the joints, weakening them.
Diet for Treatment of Arthritis
Stick to a healthy diet that promotes weight loss. Include fatty fish such as salmon, tuna and anti-oxidant rich foods like fruits and vegetables that have potent anti-inflammatory properties. Extra virgin olive oil has been found to contain a compound that has potent pain suppressing properties and can thus offer significant relief in arthritis pain.
Medical Treatment of Arthritis
The first line of treatment in arthritis medicallyis targeted towards reducing the inflammation. Most commonly, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are prescribed for the treatment of arthritis. Relief of arthritis pain can also be obtained by the use of topical NSAID pain relief formulations like ointments and creams. Pain killers like acetaminophen are also often prescribed, as are FSA approved medications such as Provailen.
Arthritis is difficult to live with. But various options for treatment of arthritis can help improve your quality of life.