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Arthritis Treatment

Posted Sep 11 2009 4:55pm

by ASHLIE HARTWELL

Arthritis is defined as joint inflammation and is also used to describe dozens of other rheumatic diseases. The term 'Arthritis' covers osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, gout and fibromyalgia, to name but a few. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis and usually affects older people as it is a degenerative condition. However it can affect younger people, particularly if a joint has been injured or is deformed.

The first step you need to take is to take daily antioxidants. You get antioxidants in the deep dark red, blue, black berries and other fruits. Pomegranate juice is one of the most powerful antioxidant juices and provides arthritis protection. Recently I have been using Purity Products Super Reds and New Vitality's Ruby Reds Powder. I put one scoop of powder in some apple juice or other juice and add a dropper full of green tree extract. This gives me a high dose of antioxidants to fight off the heavy dose of free radicals that I consume from the air, food, and thought. Remember free radicals attack tissue causing infections and inflammation in every part of your body.

When we speak of arthritis we often think that it is just one disease, this could not be further from the truth. Arthritis is in fact an umbrella term of many different diseases of the joints. If we name just a few osteoarthritis, juvenile arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the first that come to mind. Generally the pain associated with arthritis can range from very mild to so severe that it is in fact debilitating.

Herbal treatments can safely be used for treating Arthritis. It no only relieves the affected part but cure the whole body off the disease. The advantage of using herbs is that they are safe even when it is taken in higher dosage than prescribed. Herbs can be used by the affected person and the unaffected person in the same way.

Activities such as jogging and playing tennis that put sudden pressure on involved joints are likely to make the symptoms of arthritis worse. Swelling and inflammation may increase. Exercises that strengthen your muscles protect your joints and reduce stress and joint damage should be of help to arthritis symptoms. Strengthening the muscles on the front and back of your thigh, which are the quadriceps and hamstrings; helps protect your knee and hip joints.

Mixing Food and Medicine:

Some arthritis medications can affect the amount of certain nutrients in your diet. For example, corticosteroids can cause your body to lose potassium and retain sodium; antacids may contain high levels of sodium and magnesium. This can be especially dangerous is you have kidney problem; Colchicines used for gout can affect how well vitamin B-12 is absorbed; and Penicillamine used for rheumatoid arthritis lowers levels of copper. For most people, eating a variety of foods will help keep up the levels of these nutrients. That’s why eating right is so important to keep new symptoms at bay.

Oral analgesics, such as acetaminophen, are medicines taken by mouth that can help to reduce the pain of arthritis. Doctors often also recommend non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID's), such as ibuprofen or naproxen, as an arthritis treatment to help reduce the inflammation and fever associated with arthritis.

Support Your Joints with Splints

Splints are made to support a joint. Working wrist splints give your wrists much needed support while leaving your hands free to do the task. These splints reduce pain and give you extra working strength and therefore enable you to work longer. Resting splints are available to use at night to keep a joint supported in its correct position, preventing deformity and reducing pain.

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