Arthritic Pain... Ouch!
When the body is in pain, everything makes the world turn upside down. The aches and pains make every minute of your life a disaster. So how do you deal with arthritis?
In dealing with this disease, we should get acquainted with what arthritis is all about. It is a condition that causes joint swelling, pain, stiffness and loss of function. Arthritis consists of a hundred related diseases and conditions. They may be in the form of osteoarthritis, gout, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
Although body aches, joint pains, and bone swellings may sound ordinary to athletic or aging individuals with arthritis, some of its forms particularly rheumatoid arthritis and lupus have damaging effects to the body organs that may lead to complications and eventually premature death.
Causes of Arthritis
Identifying the causes of arthritis is not easy because there are a number of contributing factors that may lead to this problem. Whether genetics has something to do with it needs further research. However, some studies say that genetic variations contribute to the causes of arthritis.
As people grow older, the bones become brittle and less likely to repair themselves. As a result, they may develop arthritis. Body weight is another factor to consider in arthritis. This has something to do with the limited load that the joint can support, especially a burden among obese or heavy people. Joint damage is usually experienced in the hips and knees where bones easily worn out quickly.
Personal accidents such as car accidents, falling from a high place, or bumping into a sharp or rough object may also cause joint damage or injury. For example knee fracture, the bone fractured affects the cartilage of the knee joint. Workers engaged in occupational hazards involving manual carrying of heavy loads in the construction sites or assembly motor shops are mostly like to suffer from arthritis.
Although joining athletics or enrolling in gyms has good benefits, some straining or high-level sports or exercises may cause injury in the joints which later develop into arthritis. In such cases, it is all a matter of outweighing the risks and benefits of the sport. A balance of doing things is still necessary. An illness or infection in the joint, like in the septic joint, gout and other medical conditions may lead to arthritis of the joints.
People at Risk
Studies show that people who are vulnerable to arthritis are older, usually females, experiencing a poor quality of life. In the U.S. alone, arthritis is one of the most common health problems of Americans. In 2001, 49 million American adults are told to have arthritis with a ratio of one in every four. As more people mature in the next 25 years, higher cases of arthritis are yet to be reported.
Arthritis and other disabilities related to joint pains cause irritations and burden in accomplishing your work. You can never be as efficient since your body in not in good shape. Workload, especially in working mothers, is delimited in such instances of arthritic pain. Mothers' responsibilities both as parents and career women worsen the complications of arthritis. Others are even forced to quit their jobs due to disability.
Combating Arthritic Pain
In treating arthritis or rheumatic diseases, there are several treatments available. A wide range of choices include relaxation and exercise, balanced diet, proper medication, regular exercise, proper use of joints and other energy conservation techniques. Doctors may sometimes require the use of splints and braces. In severe cases, a surgery is necessary to reduce the pain experienced.
The general rule in the treating arthritis is to balance rest and activity. Too much rest makes the muscles and joints too stiff, meanwhile, overwork leads to fatigue. Exercise reduces joint pains and stiffness and generates flexibility, strength and endurance. It also helps to reduce weight and a good sense of well-being.
Others may resort to medications depending on the severity of the pains of arthritis. They usually provide relief in reducing pain and inflammation. They slow down the aggravation of the disease from further joint damage.
About the author:
Sharon Bell is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and published author.
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