Treatments For Degenerative Arthritis

The treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis are at the top of the list among over 100 types of arthritis that require some form of health care for ailing patients. Degenerative arthritis, or osteoporosis as the disease is medically termed, is the most common form of arthritis afflicting millions of people and can go unnoticed for years. There is little pain with osteoporosis in the early stages and may be resident in a patient's body for a long time before a bone fracture or cracked vertebrae signals the problem. Approximately 9 million people in the country have this form of arthritic disease and another 17 million people are prime targets.

In order to implement successful treatments for degenerative arthritis, it is helpful to understand the causes of the disease. This type of disease afflicts the bones and degenerate the skeleton through bone loss and brittleness. Most patients that are afflicted with the illness are women, although some men do present with the disease. Not all are elderly and the medical condition can strike at any time in a person's life even though many women do develop overt symptoms after menopause. This disease can permanently cripple patients who suffer fractures and degenerative bone loss which accounts for the condition called 'Dowager's Hump' in elderly women.

General causes of this illness can be deficiencies of vitamins A, D, K, calcium and magnesium as well as the use of certain medications, kidney disease, alcohol consumption, depression and other diseases or lifestyle choices. Most doctors agree that treatments for degenerative arthritis include a healthy diet in conjunction with exercise and plenty of sunshine which can significantly lower certain risk factors and provide preventive treatments. Medical professionals suggested that this medical condition is totally treatable and generally preventable through certain health considerations.

The second most prominent arthritic treatment is used for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. This type of illness is caused by an autoimmune disorder and results in damage to joints and eventual deformity. Sometimes overlapping symptoms with such illnesses as lupus, this medical condition is more serious generally than other degenerative conditions and can cause organ damage and general ill health. Diagnosis of the disease in its early stages can put the disease in remission. Otherwise, degeneration can worsen to the point of making a patient immobile without chance of reversal.

The early stages of the disease manifest itself with joint pain, stiffness and fatigue as well as simple fevers with accompanying weight loss. Unlike osteoporosis, there are no known risk factors except for possibly a genetic predisposition from other family members. There is no preventive treatment for rheumatoid arthritis like there are preventive treatments for degenerative arthritis. Early diagnosis is generally the only option for dealing with the illness in a successful way. The most common ways of dealing with the symptoms and progression of the disease are medication and healthy changes in lifestyle.

Diet and exercise are important in treatment for rheumatoid arthritis pain that can occur as well as perhaps slow some damage to joints. Since there are different stages to the medical condition, the medical management plan will be different for each stage. Medications are a primary way of reducing the inflammation associated with the condition and differing medicine is used at varying degrees of illness. There is no known cure for this condition, but catching symptoms early can provide relief and a way to manage problems for the duration of a patient's life. Sometimes personal patience with a tenaciousness of turning over every stone for a medical treatment or alternative method can be helpful for those who live with the difficulties of rheumatoid disease. "The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him." (Nahum 1:7)

There are alternative treatments for degenerative arthritis as well as rheumatoid and many people choose to educate themselves about traditional approaches as well as non-traditional options in order to determine which is the best way to manage their illness. Many patients of either type of illness opt to try herbal remedies, vitamin therapy and diet manipulation in order to achieve some benefits for their problems. Since so many treatments for illnesses can be speculative at best and sometimes cause more health problems, some patients would rather attempt to manage their illness through avenues of lesser risks.

Unless absolutely necessary to use high risk medicines for quickly progressive symptoms, some health care providers lean toward lesser forms of pain management which can prove to be helpful in some cases. Some alternative treatments can effectively relieve symptoms and some can even reverse some effects of the illnesses especially in non-life threatening situations. The most treatable, of course, is osteoporosis in which food and vitamin can be highly successful in cooperation with other lifestyle adjustments. Alternative treatment for rheumatoid arthritis can be effective in lessening symptoms as well which is a welcome relief to many who suffer with the permanent condition.

Arthritis Causes

Arthritis causes pain within the joints of the human body due to inflammation and is the term used to refer to over 100 rheumatic diseases that cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints, muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, and internal organs. The two most common forms of the debilitating disease are: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid. Arthritis cures are few and far between, as there has been nothing developed to actually stop the effects of the painful ailment. Most aid is in the area of pain relief and management. Pain is the number one concern for people with the disease which is distinguished by impeccable pain that shoots through a person's joints. Pain is the body's way of telling a person something is wrong. The ultimate result of long term suffering with this problem is that the tissue/fluid between the joints whithers away causing the joints to rub against one another and result in additional constant pain.

There are two forms of pain classifications: acute and chronic. Acute pain is temporary, such as that resulting from a cut, bruise, or fracture. The aspect of chronic is that it is consistent and long term. Arthritis causes chronic pain, which can be mild to severe and can last a lifetime. More than 40 million Americans suffer with some form of this joint disease and have chronic pain that interferes with their daily activities. Osteoarthritis is the most common type affecting 16 million in the USA, and the rheumatoid type, which is the most crippling form of the disease, affects 2.1 million in the USA alone. Temporary arthritis cures for pain have been discovered, or at least management, but many sufferers will have to learn to live with the pain for the rest of their lives.

The amount of pain perceived in each case varies from person to person, and with arthritis cures being unknown, each person must learn to manage their own pain and discover which actions, or environmental reactions cause the most pain and eliminate them. Variables that increase the adverse reactions can include: depression, anxiety, and hypersensitivity. There are a variety of methods for short term pain relief including taking medication. Typically over the counter medication such as acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen are helpful. Placing hot and cold packs on the area of inflammation may help. These methods include a warm bath or shower, dry heat (heating pad), or an ice pack (those with poor circulation should not use ice packs).

Joint protections can be considered moderate relief for pain by using a splint or brace to allow joints rest and to protect them from injury. A physical therapist or physician can make recommendations as to which arthritis causes resulting in pain would benefit by the use of a splint or brace. Receiving regular massages by a certified massage therapist is also an option. A massage therapist will lightly stroke or knead the painful muscle which will increase blood flow and bring warmth to the stressed area. Another viable alternative option to try is to research the possibility of acupuncture.

Acupuncture should only be done by a licensed acupuncture therapist. Acupuncture is performed by inserting tiny needles into the skin at specific points on the body. These needles in their specific points stimulate the release of natural, pain-relieving chemicals produced by the brain or the nervous system. This Oriental method has been around since ancient times as a way to relieve the symptoms of many ailments as well as to aid in weight loss and can also help a person to quit smoking cigarettes. However, the method does not work for everyone, but it should be considered if other methods of relief should fail. Keep in mind that these arthritis cures are for the temporary relief of pain only, usually reserved for those whose pain falls under the "acute" category. Long term pain care management for those sufferers of the chronic pain associated with various arthritis causes should use additional approaches if the short term pain methods don't work.

Long term arthritis cures for pain relief include medications such as NSAID's which stands for "non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs". This class of drugs includes aspirin and ibuprofen. When NSAID's don't work, DMARD's are used. This stands for "disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs". They include methotrexate, hydroxychloroquine, penicillamine, and gold injections. They are assumed to correct abnormalities of the immune system. Careful monitoring of the administration of these drugs is mandatory by a physician. Corticosteroids are hormones, very effective, and are taken by mouth or injected. These should only be used once or twice a year as frequent injections can cause damage to the cartilage. Checking with a doctor before beginning any treatments for the pain that arthritis causes are responsible for should be recommended and carefully monitored by a physician. Of course prayer should be the first line of defense. "For He hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath He hid His face from him; but when he cried unto Him, He heard." (Psalm 22:24)

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