One out of every three adults has arthritis. There are two main types of arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Both involve painful inflammation of the joints.

Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage between the joints breaks down. The knees, fingers, and the wrists are usually affected. Rheumatoid arthritis may impact joints as well as different areas of the body, such as circulation, lungs, and heart. For those with pain in the knees or wrists, it is likely that this type of arthritic condition is present. This illness is quite painful and disconcerting; it can have a profound impact on our lives, causing depression and making us miserable during work and free time. As there is no cure, all we can do is try to relieve its symptoms.

In treating arthritis pain, medications are available. Non-prescription medications such as acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, and aspirin can be helpful, but they must be used with care. Using these medications too often or for too long a period of time can cause liver damage and other medical issues.

Prescription drugs are continually being developed. Anti-inflammatory drugs can be prescribed by your physician, including medications like Naxopren, Meloxicam, or Celebrex and higher doses of Ibuprofen. We hope that in the near future researchers will discover a safer and more effective medication for this serious ailment.

In topical treatments, application is made directly on the painful joint area with a lotion such as BenGay. They provide relief with few side effects. Steroids are administered as well, primarily as injections in the impacted joint area. They hurt a lot, and don’t last for long.

It is important to be active when trying to get relief from arthritis pain. While medicines are helpful, it is also crucial to put in individual effort to improve how we feel.

Exercise that does not strain the joints is an excellent way of controlling weight (as there is a link between obesity and arthritis) and maintaining a healthy body. Regular exercise such as walking, stretching exercises, and attending yoga class will help control the symptoms of arthritis. Swimming is a good exercise for your joints, just beware of the humidity.

Studies show that food and arthritis are related. People feel better when they consume more fruits and vegetables, and reducing fat and sugar is important. When treating arthritis patients, physicians frequently check the levels of cholesterol and sugar in the blood. It is also wise to consume lots of water, as this helps to eliminate toxins from the body and keep it healthy.
to be continued…