Arthritis = inflammation of the joints, with stiffness, swelling and joint pain common symptoms. Here is more about the condition, including how to manage it.
There are more than 100 types of arthritis, with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis two of the most common kinds. As noted in Healthline.com, symptoms tend to develop over time, but can occasionally have a sudden onset. This condition most often exists in older adults, 65 and up, but people of any age can have arthritis.
What Causes Arthritis?
As explained in WebMD.com, some kinds exist because inflammation is being misdirected in the body. This includes rheumatoid arthritis, gouty arthritis and more. With rheumatoid arthritis, according to the Mayo Clinic, a person’s immune system attacks something called the synovial capsule. This is the lining of the capsule that covers joints and the condition can ultimately destroy cartilage and bone.
In the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis, cartilage is being broken down through wear and tear. Cartilage is the hard yet slippery tissue found at the ends of bones at the place where joints are formed. If this condition becomes severe enough, bone can end up grinding against bone, which can restrict movement and cause significant pain.
Arthritis Risk Factors
Some types may be genetic, so if your parents, brothers or sisters have the condition, you’re more likely to have it, too. Or, there may be something in your genes making you more susceptible to factors in the environment in a way that can trigger arthritis. Risks for many types increase by age. Women are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, while more men end up with gout. Joint injuries can play a role and so can obesity.
What is Good for Arthritis?
Although this condition cannot be cured, it can often be managed through seeing a doctor and following recommendations to control symptoms and pain, and by making certain lifestyle choices.
As an article in EverydayHealth.com shares, having a healthy body weight puts less stress on your joints. So, to help manage your symptoms:
- Get regular exercise. Not only will that help with any weight issues, it can also help to reduce pain and stiffness.
- Eat healthy foods, including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Include an orange or other source of vitamin C each day.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Effectively manage your stress. Not only does stress often lead to overeating and drinking alcohol, it can also make you more aware of your pain. Recommendations include to:
- Get enough rest and take a short nap if it helps.
- Meditate and/or otherwise find spiritual support.
- Write in a journal to express your feelings and alleviate stress.
- Relax in a hot bath. Read. Fit quiet time into your day. Relax!
Importance of Probiotics
The Arthritis Foundation points out how “probiotics may be especially important” for the inflammation associated with many kinds of arthritis. They also quote the following statement from an expert: “Healthy foods and probiotic supplements can work together to keep joints healthy and also keep the rest of the body strong.”
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