Monday, February 15, 2010

Common Arthritis Treatments

Arthritis is a common problem in America and it is estimated that more than 20 million people suffer from it. There are many kinds of arthritis and the most common ones are Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Psoriasis and Infectious arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition in which the immune system of the body rebels and attacks the body tissues, especially those near the joints. This is a serious disease and it can make individuals severely crippled and deformed within a few years. It has no cure mainly because it usually occurs in the later part of one's life. The treatments are all based on drugs and medications for this kind of arthritis.

Some immuno-suppressant medications can control the immune system's attack of the cartilage and tissues while pain relievers can provide relief from the pain. Some doctors even prescribe an anti-rheumatoid drug that can limit the immune system from causing further damage to the joints.

Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that affects larger bones in the body like hips and back. It occurs in the later stages of life and it is caused due to the daily wear and tear of bones and joints. It causes two bones to rub against each other. This condition limits movement and it can be very painful to even do the daily activities. One of the main reasons for osteoarthritis is obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. It can be prevented by regular exercise and healthy eating habits. The main treatment is a change to the overall lifestyle. Mild exercises like swimming can provide a lot of relief to the pain. Massage with any kind of herbal oil will also help to alleviate the pain. Many pain killers and heating pads are available that can also be used to reduce the pain.

Psoriasis is a kind of arthritis that starts off as a skin disease and slowly progresses to pain in the joints. This form of arthritis can occur periodically and there is no treatment available. Infectious arthritis is also severe and it is accompanied by fever and chills, besides the pain.

Arthroplasty is a surgical treatment available for people who are in their advanced stage of arthritis. Artificial surfaces are attached to bones to provide better movement in the joints. Pain relievers, massage, yoga and acupuncture can provide temporary relief from pain. Due to this lack of treatment, it is a good idea to prevent them from occurring in the first place by regular exercise and a healthy diet.

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