The main symptoms of arthritis are swelling, stiffness and pain. They are all signs of inflammation of the joints. Other signs are redness of the skin of the joints and the fact that the affected joints feel warmer than the rest of the body. The most common types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Both these illnesses show the arthritis symptoms as described above and affect and inflame the joints. People who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis will also have to endure fatigue, lack of appetite and being feverish. Rheumatoid arthritis is also well known for attacking other parts of the body other than joints: skin, lungs and heart may be affected.
The two types of arthritis have a different cause, they both attack primarily the joints, but whereas osteoarthrits is caused by the simple fact of wear of the joints through the years (as in older people or in professional athletes), rheumatoid arthritis finds its cause in the body itself. The body’s own immune system goes haywire and attacks its own joints and the tissues surrounding them. Since sometimes the immune system does not stop at the joints alone, rheumatic arthritis can have its detrimental effects on other parts of the body as well.
Treatment Of Arthritis Symptoms
Although we have to live with the fact that there is no cure for arthritis, understanding the reason why these symptoms occur is a major step. Understanding the symptoms means you can tackle them at the root of the problem . This is particularly important in the case of rheumatoid arthritis since a big part of the treatment will focus on reducing the harm, caused by the illness.
In most cases treatment will concentrate on pain management of the arthritis symptoms. This will involve medication for pain management. According to the severity of the pain this medication could be over-the-counter anti-inflammatory products containing ibuprofen ( Advil) or naproxen ( Aleve) or even stronger medication that will have to be prescribed by your doctor.
When you manage to control the pain associated with your arthritis symptoms, it is time to start working on reducing these symptoms. An exercise program is the best way to go about that. Try to create some sort of exercise routine that works on your range of motions as well as on strength and stamina. But first ask your doctor if and what exercises are best for your condition. After that it might even be a good idea to get in touch with a personal trainer, experienced in arthritis patients.
Arthritis symptoms are painful and seem sometimes even unmanageable. It is up to the arthritis sufferers to keep their spirits up and find those treatment options that will reduce the inevitable pain moments associated with arthritis and thus regain their level of activity and quality of life.
By: Frank Rom
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