Often patients are given little if any information on the condition they were diagnosed with. And what information they did receive confused them or was over their head. This blog is intended to help anyone understand arthritis and use that understanding to improve it.
What is the language of origin? GREEK What part of speech? Noun Can you use it in a sentence? Too many people have ARTHRITIS and don't know why.
ARTH- meaning Joint the connection between 2 bones -ITIS - suffix meaning Inflammation or irritating substance
Bring it all together and the term arthritis basically means your joint is irritated.
1. What type of arthritis is it? There are dozens of varieties, but for simplicity we will call them Osteoarthritis and Autoimmune arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the result of overuse or improper use of a joint. Our joints are designed to move, but using them too much or in a destructive way leads to osteoarthritis. A baseball pitcher for example overuses his arm. Humans weren't designed to throw an object 100 miles per hour 100,000 times in a row. So the joint wears out and gets irritated. This is not an excuse to be a couch potato either as sitting too much wears out your hips and low back just like the pitchers arm.
Autoimmune arthritis is the result of genetic, dietary, and environmental factors leading to your body attacking its own joints. This attack from inside the joint capsule leads to pain and eventual loss of the joint all together.
2. What can you do about it? Osteoarthritis is the result of overuse and inflammation....so stop abusing the joint and start to use things like ice, tumeric and arnica to reduce the inflammation. It really is that simple. Do not confuse simple with easy however. Often this requires lifestyle change, work modification and of course getting adjusted regularly. Adjustments support the joints PROPER motion and can allow the joint to heal more completely and quickly.
Autoimmune arthritis is a more complicated picture. It requires drastic dietary changes, supplementation, and again, getting adjusted regularly. The goal is to turn down an overactive immune system and stop it from going after your own joints.
No matter what type of arthritis you have, how long you have had it or where it is, these steps above will help manage it.
Of course if you get it treated in the early stages it may be completely reversible, whereas if it has been an ongoing problem for years it is much more difficult.
Preventing arthritis is much easier than fixing it. So lets get to work!