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|Coming of age
equals coming of a variety of body pains. And do you know what
most of our oldies would complain about regarding this issue?
Arthritis. An estimate of over 50 million Americans suffer from
osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions
The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis. It is the kind of
arthritis that usually affects nearly three-quarters of those
over 50. At the onset of arthritis, pain is not a part of the
major system yet. Morning and after rest stiffness and crackling
joints are usually the first few symptoms that confirm the
diagnosis of the condition. Upon the development of the disease,
patients are expected to suffer from more discomfort, disability
If left untreated, it can become progressively distressing and painful
crippling can result. This is particularly true with rheumatoid
arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis usually affects women. It is
prevalent with age group of 20 to 45.
Arthritis is not only caused by the wear and tear the joints undergo. There
are other factors that aggravate this condition. Rheumatoid
arthritis is considered an immune deficiency syndrome where
antibodies develop against components of joint tissue, and
mistakenly and aggressively attack the joints. Misdirected
neovascularization leads to displacement of water while
decreasing the volume and viscosity of synovial fluid (fluid
between joints), further lessening the flexibility and
cushioning power of the joint, until the surfaces of raw
unprotected bone painfully begin to wear against each other, as
it happens in conditions of Osteoarthritis. Inborn recessive
genetic errors may also predict the inclination of a person to
Dealing with the chronic pain of arthritis can be frustrating. Pain from
arthritis is often caused by inflammation, a localized
protective reaction of tissues to irritation or any kind of
injury and is often characterized by pain, redness, swelling and
even disability. Crepitation is a process that can also cause
the pain that is felt by an arthritis patient. It is the rubbing
together of two bone fragments that cause a crackling sound.
Muscle tension and fatigue can also cause the pain.
The usual treatment for arthritis is through the use of painkillers.
Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin can
help relieve the pain of arthritis. But they only target the
symptom and not the disease itself. Studies even show that the
continual use of these NSAIDs may even cause joint deterioration
thus making arthritis worse. Modern medicine does not have much
to offer for the cure of this disease.
The traditional temporary arthritis pain relief medications available leave
a lot to be desired. Other pain solutions can be relied on to
achieve arthritis pain relief. Massage therapy, hydrotherapy and
cold packs are a few of the simple methods of pain management.
Herbal remedies such as ginger, willow bark and fish oils and
the well-known cartilage constituents glucosamine sulfate and
chondroitin sulfate are also promising a lot in revolutionizing
the treatment of arthritis. Aside from the symptomatic relief
they offer, they actually interfere with the origin of the
disease. They are also being considered to help the body rebuild
functioning joints. Also reported to be fast acting,in cream
form, they increase mobility and optimal repair of joint
structures as they help reinforce the body's protective linings
and lubricating fluids by recovering cell stability and function
to stop further damage.
Those discovered treatments among many might just be the best among the
elusive arthritis pain relief that are commercially available.
But above all, no matter how clich�d it may sound, an ounce of
prevention is better than a pound of cure.
About the author:
Charlene J. Nuble 2005. For up to date links and information about
arthritis, please go to:
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