Arthritis is a commonly occurring disease which manifests itself in different forms and affects people in different ways. The two things that happen to everyone afflicted with the ailment are inflammation and stiffness one's joints. Swelling occurs due to increased blood flow to the linings of the joints which cause fluid accumulation in the joints or due to the release of inflammatory peptides which cause inflamed joints. The type of joint swelling you have largely depends on the type of arthritis you have.
For instance, in Rheumatoid Arthritis, the immune system attacks the lining of the joint, which becomes inflamed, leading to the stiffness, pain, warmth, redness, and swelling around the joint which leads to rapid division and growth of cells, which causes the joint lining or synovial to thicken. These inflamed cells release enzymes that may digest bone and cartilage, causing joint erosion.
Arthritis presents itself with:
1. Pain – temporary or permanent pain occurs while one is stationary or in movement.
2. Swelling – some types of arthritis cause the skin over the affected joint to become red and swollen, feeling warm to the touch.
3. Stiffness – stiffness is the morning or after staying stationary for a while is very common.
4. Restricted movement – due to pain, swelling and stiffness one's movements are a bit restricted like say it's very painful to get up from a chair.
Treating inflammation and stiffness always involves medicine prescribed by the medical practitioner combined with over-the-counter nutritional supplements. Along with following your doctor's advice, maintain a healthy lifestyle. While natural remedies like applying a hot or a cold compress to the affected joints is one of the easiest ways to relieve arthritis pain and stiffness for a short-term basis, taking organic supplements everyday will not only relieve the symptoms of your disease but it will also heal the damaged cells as well. Taking medication for arthritis isn't harmful.In fact, medicines help not only with pain management but they largely help reduce inflammation.
- NSAIDS or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs help reduce pain as well as inflammation caused due to arthritis.
- Corticosteroids work against the body's inbuilt immune system to help reduce inflammation.
- DMARD or Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs are used to manage the pain of rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune arthritic conditions.