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Arthritis Treatments

Posted Dec 07 2010 1:09am


Arthritis is a complex disorder commonly characterized by chronic joint pain and inflammation. The most common forms of this disease are osteoarthritis (or degenerative arthritis), rheumatoid arthritis, and gout.

People with arthritis often suffer pain in the joints. This is caused by friction that occurs when the two bones meet. The disease has caused the cushioning tissue around the joints, such as the cartilage, ligaments, and synovial membrane, to erode. Thus, whenever a person moves, the friction causes the joint tissues to swell and inflame, resulting to pain. In some cases, the pain becomes too much that patients become completely disabled. And the worst thing about it is that there is no cure for arthritis.

However, living with arthritis does not mean you are going to stop enjoying life all together. While there is no cure for the disease, there are actually several arthritis treatments available to help you manage the pain and cope with your daily routine despite it.

Below are some tips to help you make your arthritis treatments work:

Talk to your Doctor

The two most common symptoms of arthritis are pain and inflammation of the joints. Unfortunately, you can never rely on these two signs alone in order to properly diagnose your condition. So just because you are suffering from joint pains and inflammation does not mean that you already have the disease. First, you need to consult the doctor and describe to him as accurately as you can what type of pain you are in. Afterwards, the doctor will get an X-ray of your affected joints to determine whether or not you indeed have the disease.

After a diagnosis, your doctor will probably prescribe you some arthritis treatments or medications that could help ease the pain. Or, he could tell you how to use arthritis treatments that you can buy even without a prescription. A variety of arthritis treatments and pain relievers can be bought over the counter, including aspirin, analgesics, and some non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs.

Read the Label

When you do buy arthritis treatments and medicines over the counter, be sure to read the label carefully. Many of the medicines you commonly take for headaches, colds or flu have pain killers in them so you can probably take them as arthritis treatments to relieve the pain. These drugs include:

* Aspirin

* Acetaminophen

* Ibuprofen

* Ketoprofen

* Naproxen

Be sure to consult your doctor first before taking any of these as arthritis treatments for pain.

Rest and Exercise

A good balance between rest and exercise is what you should be aiming for. As a form of arthritis treatments, exercise is certainly cheaper than any drug or surgery around. Plus, it is the only sure-fire way to ease the pain associated with this kind of disease even as it works gradually. Again, it is always advised that you ask your doctor about what types of exercise you can perform before doing any stretching.

And those are the tips that will help your arthritis treatments work. Take heed that taking action when you are faced with problems such as these is always better than sitting around, trapped in self-inflicted pathos. Don’t be discouraged by the news that modern science has yet to find a cure to your condition. Instead, take control of your life by taking control of the disease and refusing to back down one step.

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