What is Arthritis?
Some, but not all types of arthritis, are the result of misdirected inflammation. Arthritis is a general term that describes inflammation in joints.
Some types of arthritis associated with inflammation include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Gouty arthritis
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
The most common form of arthritis called osteoarthritis (also known as degenerative arthritis) is a bit of a misnomer. It is not believed that inflammation plays a major role in osteoarthritis. Other painful conditions of the joints and musculoskeletal system that are not associated with inflammation include fibromyalgia, muscular low back pain, and muscular neck pain.
The symptoms of inflammation include:
- Joint swelling
- Joint pain
- Joint stiffness
- Loss of joint function
Often, only a few of these symptoms are present.
Inflammation may also be associated with general “flu”-like symptoms including:
- Fatigue/loss of energy
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle stiffness
What Causes the Symptoms of Inflammation?
When inflammation occurs, chemicals from the body are released into the blood or affected tissues. This release of chemicals increases the blood flow to the area of injury or infection and may result in redness and warmth. Some of the chemicals cause a leak of fluid into the tissues, resulting in swelling. This process may stimulate nerves and cause pain.
What Are the Results of Joint Inflammation?
Increased blood flow and release of these chemicals attract white blood cells to the sites of inflammation. The increased number of cells and inflammatory substances within the joint can cause irritation, wearing down of cartilage (cushions at the end of bones), and swelling of the joint lining (synovium).
How Are Inflammatory Joint Diseases Treated?
There are a number of treatment options for inflammatory joint diseases including medications, rest, exercise, diet alternative medicine and surgery to correct joint damage. The type of treatment prescribed will depend on several factors including the type of disease, the person’s age, type of medications he or she is taking, overall health, medical history, and severity of symptoms.
As a build-up of uric acid in the body is one of the major causes for arthritis and gout, we recommend a diet free from acid forming foods. Download the free Acid/Alkaline e-book and see the lists of foods which can cause elevated levels of uric acid.
We also recommend the Manna pH Balance supplement to help excrete excess uric acid from the body to give fast and effective relief of gout and arthritis without any side effects.
If you lost your mobility of hands and feet, or any other joint due to arthritis, you now can use the Natural Balance Mobility Gel to give instant mobility to the affected area. Just rub the gel on your affected hands and feel how the mobility returns.