An Overview of the Major Types of Arthritis and One Novel Natural Treatment
Pain and stiffness in the joints could be symptoms of overuse or over exertion, but it could also mean that arthritis is beginning to rear its ugly head.
Arthritis typically gets worse with time and results in the painful swelling and inflammation of the joints.
It is estimated that by 2030 nearly 70 million people in the United States alone will be affected by this debilitating disease. Cases of arthritis may be mild or severe, short-term or permanent. Medical research suggests that there are more than 100 forms of arthritis but the two most common forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid.
Osteoarthritis (the most common form) takes place when the cartilage that supports the joints begins to wear out, a process that typically occurs over a long period of time. Individuals who workout too much or over-train have increased risk of developing this ailment as do people whose work requires stressful repetitive motion.
Rhematoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system – which normally protects its health by attacking foreign substances like bacteria and viruses – mistakenly attacks the joints.
Other varieties of arthritis include the following:
Gout—Gout is a form of arthritis — an inflammation of the joints — that causes sudden, severe attacks of pain, tenderness, redness, warmth, and swelling in some joints. It usually affects one joint at a time, although it can be in several joints at once.
Lupus arthritis—Often afflicts individuals who have contracted lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes swelling (inflammation) and a wide variety of symptoms. Lupus affects each individual uniquely. Some people have only a few mild symptoms and others have many, more severe symptoms.
Ankylosing spondhlitis—is a type of arthritis that affects the spine. Ankylosing spondylitis symptoms include pain and stiffness from the neck down to the lower back. The spine’s bones (vertebrae) fuse together, resulting in a rigid spine.
Bursitis— While not technically arthritis, bursitis Bursitis is inflammation of the bursa, a sac-like cavity surrounding joints that is filled with fluid that reduces friction caused by movement. There are more than 150 bursa in the body.
Tendonitis—Like Bursitis, tendonitis is not technically arthritis. Tendonitis causes inflammation, tenderness and pain in areas around a joint, such as the tendons, ligaments and muscles. Some types can occur suddenly, last for days or longer and usually get better with rest or treatment. They can also happen again in the same body area.
Septic arthritis— is a painful infection in a joint. The infection can come from germs that travel through your bloodstream from another part of your body. Septic arthritis can also occur when a penetrating injury delivers germs directly into the joint.
Presently, there is no cure for arthritis. However, there is some very encouraging hope on the horizon coming in the form of epigenetics — the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code itself.
As Dr. Jeffrey Hendricks explains in the video below, turmeric curcumin has been shown to have the ability to impact rheumatoid arthritis far greater than anyone ever expected.
Turmeric Curcumin a Miracle Food?
Individuals with arthritis usually consume large doses of over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen. Some prescription drugs like celecoxib, rofecoxib, and valdecoxib are shown to give effective pain relief. However, these drugs can have minor to severe side effects. Dr. Hendrick’s in conjunction with LEAN Nutraceuticals, an innovative nutritional supplement company has developed a Turmeric Curcumin Fusion that combines turmeric and curcumin extract with black pepper and 3 other natural anti-inflammatories: ginger, bromelain and cayenne pepper to achieve synergistic results beyond even turmeric curcumin alone.
Other Natural Ways to Relieve Arthritis
Recent medical studies show that consuming food rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a group of polyunsaturated fat, can also help alleviate joint pain caused by arthritis. The best sources of these fats are fish, flax seeds, and walnuts. A wide variety of natural ingredient based arthritis pain relief gels, ointments and creams are available as well.
Maintaining a healthy diet, watching your weight and exercising regularly can all work together to help prevent the development of osteoarthritis and give arthritic pain relief. Thanks to the insights being discovered with epigenetics we may find a day in the not too distant future where we can have an even greater impact on rheumatoid arthritis by choosing what foods and supplements we consume with purpose.