Joint pain carries with it an almost automatic perception when people hear about it or experience it. Arthritis is the immediate thought when any joint impingement or pain is mentioned.
This article is to remove some of the mystique about it and some of the fear of it.
Not that arthritis is not or cannot be serious, debilitating and in some cases crippling. But with modern methods of treatment and knowledgeable self treatment, the most common wear and tear arthritis can be managed as no worse than an annoyance rather than a crippling horror.
Two types of arthritis are most common and will be the two this site is limited to discussing. Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are well known terms.
What is often not immediately known is what the difference between them is.
How Osteoarthritis Develops In Your Joints
This is the type or arthritis that will be focused on by this website. It is the kind that can be controlled, arrested and in some cases even reversed with proper self treatment.
The bad news is that osteoarthritis will be experienced by almost everybody eventually. It becomes more common as you age and is more prevalent and exhibits earlier in joints that have been damaged by injury.
Cartilage pads the joints and keeps bone from rubbing together. The grinding, popping and sharp pain felt is simply a result of cartilage wearing away. This is erosive arthritis that can be experienced in your neck and in any joint down to your toes.
Its usual progression is the result of just wear and tear of the joints as you age. The joint bones beginning to rub together causes inflammation which causes pain.
Rheumatoid Arthritis – Immune System Attack
The most serious and debilitating is rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune disease. The condition causes your immune system to attack you bodily tissue.
This causes a painful swelling and inflammation in the lining of your joints, most often in the hands and feet. This commonly causes the bones to erode rapidly and severely deformed joints.
This erosion and deformity commonly spreads inwardly to larger joints of knees, elbows, shoulders and others.
In addition to joint pain and deformity rheumatoid arthritis can cause fatigue, nausea, fever and other signs of immune system disease.
It is a disease that generally must be medically treated. It’s important to get the disease diagnosed early before severe joint damage.
Focused search for the right medical care:
It’s also important to seek out specific medical professionals. Those that will be comprehensive in treatment including self treatment that will focus on diet and supplementation as well as physical therapy.
Whichever kind of arthritis develops it’s a good idea to be able to help any physician you visit in his or her diagnosis. Arthritis is often suspected by elimination of other conditions. This is often determined with multiple examination techniques including x-rays.
The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown. Consequently with either kind, having information about your family, risk factors, medication, pain severity, etc. will be helpful to your doctor going in.
While both kinds of arthritis mentioned here involve inflammation it is the rheumatoid variety that is often referred to as inflammatory arthritis.
The most common osteoarthritis is what we will discuss on this site. It can be well managed and kept from being the debilitating condition that people let it become.