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In this video, Dr. Huntoon discusses the importance of understanding your symptoms as it relates to arthritis and pain.  

Is it ever normal to have a symptom? Is it ever normal to have a pain?  Consider clicking on any of the links to your right or scroll down to the full article to find answers to your Arthritis questions and what you can do to help yourself.

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Joint inflammation and may be associated with joint pain

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints. A joint is the area where two bones meet. There are over 100 different types of arthritis.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Arthritis involves the breakdown of cartilage. Cartilage normally protects a joint, allowing it to move smoothly. Cartilage also absorbs shock when pressure is placed on the joint, such as when you walk. Without the normal amount of cartilage, the bones rub together, causing pain, swelling (inflammation), and stiffness.

Joint inflammation may result from:

An autoimmune disease (the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue)

Broken bone

General "wear and tear" on joints

Infection, usually by bacteria or virus

Usually the joint inflammation goes away after the cause goes away or is treated. Sometimes it does not. When this happens, you have chronic arthritis. Arthritis may occur in men or women. Osteoarthritis is the most common type. It is associated with aging, as the wear and tear on a joint or joints will cause the joint to deteriorate.

Other, more common types of arthritis include:

Ankylosing spondylitis

Gonococcal arthritis

Gout

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (in children)

Other bacterial infections (nongonococcal bacterial arthritis)

Psoriatic arthritis

Reactive arthritis (Reiter syndrome)

Rheumatoid arthritis (in adults)

Scleroderma

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

Symptoms

Arthritis causes joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited movement. Symptoms can include:

Joint pain

Joint swelling

Reduced ability to move the joint

Redness of the skin around a joint

Stiffness, especially in the morning

Warmth around a joint

Signs and tests

The health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask questions about your medical history.

The physical exam may show:

Fluid around a joint

Warm, red, tender joints

Difficulty moving a joint (called "limited range of motion")

Some types of arthritis may cause joint deformity. This may be a sign of severe, untreated rheumatoid arthritis.

Blood tests and joint x-rays are often done to check for infection and other causes of arthritis.

Your doctor may also remove a sample of joint fluid with a needle and send it to a lab for examination.

Treatment Options

The goal of treatment is to reduce pain, improve function, and prevent further joint damage. The underlying cause from the Medical perspective is the Arthritis cannot usually be cured.

The Alternative Perspective

Alternative Treatments

Having this condition is not fun at all. Being motivated to look for non-conventional forms of treatment is warranted. Working with a Holistic Chiropractor can offer benefits, as using a well-rounded, multifaceted approach to address all the causes and imbalances within the person. This has demonstrated positive results when sticking to a specific treatment plan. Discussing what is involved and the time commitment necessary to having a full recovery is warranted.

There is a revolutionary new technique that has incredible results that is totally natural and does not involve any medication. It is called Neurologic Relief Centers Technique (NRCT) and can be found by going to www.nrc.md Please go to the site and read the information and watch the videos of people who have been successfully treated using NRCT. Then find a Certified Practitioner by typing in your zip code and a list of practitioners closest to you will.

Others have benefited by using Acupuncture, Homeopathy or Naturopathy when following the treatment guidelines set up by your practitioner and you. Discussing what is involved and the time commitment necessary to having a full recovery is warranted.

There are some great results being seen in patients who work with a Holistic Chiropractor who helps address the stress on the joints in a well-rounded approach that may include one or more of the following:

LIFESTYLE CHANGES

Lifestyle changes are the preferred treatment for osteoarthritis and other types of joint inflammation. Exercise can help relieve stiffness, reduce pain and fatigue, and improve muscle and bone strength. Your health care team can help you design an exercise program that is best for you.

Exercise programs may include:

Low-impact aerobic activity (also called endurance exercise)

Range of motion exercises for flexibility

Strength training for muscle tone

Physical therapy may be recommended. This might include:

Heat or ice

Splints or orthotics to support joints and help improve their position; this is often needed for rheumatoid arthritis

Water therapy

Massage

Other recommendations:

Get plenty of sleep. Sleeping 8 to 10 hours a night and taking naps during the day can help you recover from a flare-up more quickly and may even help prevent flare ups.

Avoid staying in one position for too long.

Avoid positions or movements that place extra stress on your sore joints.

Change your home to make activities easier. For example, install grab bars in the shower, the tub, and near the toilet.

Try stress-reducing activities, such as meditation, yoga, or tai chi.

Eat a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables, which contain important vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin E.

Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as cold water fish (salmon, mackerel, and herring), flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts.

Apply capsaicin cream over your painful joints. You may feel improvement after applying the cream for 3-7 days.

Lose weight, if you are overweight. Weight loss can greatly improve joint pain in the legs and feet.

The Medical Perspective

Medical Treatments

MEDICATIONS

Medications may be prescribed along with lifestyle changes. All medications have risks, some more than others. Discussing the side-effects and complications associated with the recommended medications is important to consider before starting any medication regime.  It is important that you are closely monitored by a medical doctor when taking arthritis medications.

Generally, over-the-counter medications are recommended first:

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is usually tried first. Take up to 4 grams a day (two arthritis-strength Tylenol every 8 hours). Do not take more than the recommended dose or take the drug along with a lot of alcohol. Doing so may damage your liver.

Aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that can relieve arthritis pain. However, they have many potential risks, especially if used for a long time. Potential side effects include heart attack, stroke, stomach ulcers, bleeding from the digestive tract, and kidney damage.

Prescription medicines include:

Biologics are used for the treatment of autoimmune arthritis. They include etanercept (Enbrel), infliximab (Remicade), adalimumab (Humira), abatacept (Orencia), rituximab (Rituxan), golimumab (Simponi), certolizumab (Cimzia), and tocilizumab (Actemra). These drugs can improve the quality of life for many patients, but can have serious side effects.

Corticosteroids ("steroids") help reduce inflammation. They may be injected into painful joints or given by mouth.

Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are used to treat autoimmune arthritis. They include methotrexate, gold salts, penicillamine, sulfasalazine, and hydroxychloroquine.

Immunosuppressants such as azathioprine or cyclophosphamide are used to treat patients with rheumatoid arthritis when other medications have not worked.

It is very important to take your medications as directed by your doctor. If you are having difficulty doing so (for example, because of side effects) you should talk to your medical doctor or pharmacist. Also make sure your doctor knows about all the medicines you are taking, including vitamins and supplements bought without a prescription.

SURGERY AND OTHER TREATMENTS

In some cases, surgery may be done if other treatments have not worked. This may include:

Arthroplasty to rebuild the joint

Joint replacement, such as a total knee joint replacement

Expectations (prognosis)

A few arthritis-related disorders can be completely cured with proper treatment. Working with a Holistic Chiropractor who addresses all the causes of your joint inflammation is important to consider when addressing your arthritis completely.

Most forms of arthritis however are long-term (chronic) conditions. When addressing the cause, the person can restore a certain degree of joint function. Each person must be motivated and be willing to put in the necessary time to reverse the chronic nature by changing habits and instituting appropriate care specific to the condition. 

There is a revolutionary new technique that has incredible results that is totally natural and does not involve any medication. It is called Neurologic Relief Centers Technique (NRCT) and can be found by going to www.nrc.md Please go to the site and read the information and watch the videos of people who have been successfully treated using NRCT. Then find a Certified Practitioner by typing in your zip code and a list of practitioners closest to you will.

Complications

Complications of arthritis include:

Long-term (chronic) pain

Disability

Difficulty performing daily activities

Calling your health care provider

Call your doctor if:

Your joint pain persists beyond 3 days.

You have severe unexplained joint pain.

The affected joint is significantly swollen.

You have a hard time moving the joint.

Your skin around the joint is red or hot to the touch.

You have a fever or have lost weight unintentionally.

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Your Solution

Prevention

Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent joint damage. If you have a family history of arthritis, tell your doctor, even if you do not have joint pain. Getting under the care of a Holistic Chiropractor who will help you address the cause is warranted.

Avoiding excessive, repeated motions may help protect you against osteoarthritis.

Developing a healthy life-style with proper guidance from your Holistic Chiropractor is the best prevention when considering how to approach your health.  There is a revolutionary new technique that has incredible results that is totally natural and does not involve any medication. It is called Neurologic Relief Centers Technique (NRCT) and can be found by going to www.nrc.md Please go to the site and read the information and watch the videos of people who have been successfully treated using NRCT. Then find a Certified Practitioner by typing in your zip code and a list of practitioners closest to you will.

References 

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  3. Huizinga TW, Pincus T. In the clinic. Rheumatoid arthritis. Ann Intern Med. 2010 Jul 6;153(1):ITC1-1-ITC1-15.

 

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