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Osteoarthritis develops as a result of the continuous wearing away of the cartilage in a particular joint.  Cartilage, is a smooth, soft, protective tissue that covers the ends of the bones at the joints.  This tissue may become thin and disappear through excessive wear, as seen most often in the elderly.  When enough cartilage has worn away, the rough surfaces of the bones rub together, causing not only pain, but stiffness.  Weight-bearing joints such as the hips and knees are most affected.  Symptoms are amplified during damp weather, upon rising from sleep in the morning, or after strenuous activity.
 
Osteoarthritis develops as a result of the continuous wearing away of the cartilage in a particular joint.  Cartilage, is a smooth, soft, protective tissue that covers the ends of the bones at the joints.  This tissue may become thin and disappear through excessive wear, as seen most often in the elderly.  When enough cartilage has worn away, the rough surfaces of the bones rub together, causing not only pain, but stiffness.  Weight-bearing joints such as the hips and knees are most affected.  Symptoms are amplified during damp weather, upon rising from sleep in the morning, or after strenuous activity.
  
Rheumatoid arthritis not only affects a particular joint, but the body in its entirety.  It destroys not only the cartilage and tissues around the joints, but often the bone surfaces themselves.  The body naturally replaces the damaged tissue with scar tissue.  This replacement causes the spaces between the joints to become narrow and eventually fuse together, resulating in  painful deformities that may affect quality of life.  The result can be crippling, and often include swelling and joint pain, fatigue, anemia, weight-loss and fever.  Symptoms may disappear and recur at a later date.
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Rheumatoid arthritis not only affects a particular joint, but the body in its entirety.  It destroys not only the cartilage and tissues around the joints, but often the bone surfaces themselves.  The body naturally replaces the damaged tissue with scar tissue.  This replacement causes the spaces between the joints to become narrow and eventually fuse together, resulting in  painful deformities that may affect the quality of life.  The result can be crippling, and often include swelling and joint pain, fatigue, anemia, weight-loss and fever.  Symptoms may disappear and recur at a later date.
  
  
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== Prevention & Treatment ==
 
== Prevention & Treatment ==
  
Exercise is extremely important in both the prevention and treatment of arthritis, because unused joints tend to dry out and stiffen.  Good posture is also important, as poor posture can cause body weight to be unevenly distributed, placing unnecessary stress on the joints and ultimately resulting in pain.   
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Exercise is extremely important in both the prevention and treatment of arthritis, because unused joints tend to "dry out" and stiffen.  Good posture is also important, as poor posture can cause body weight to be unevenly distributed, placing unnecessary stress on the joints and ultimately resulting in pain.   
  
 
Those who are over-weight or obese are more prone to arthritic conditions.  A well-balanced diet is is mandatory, as the body needs all the available nutrients for repair.
 
Those who are over-weight or obese are more prone to arthritic conditions.  A well-balanced diet is is mandatory, as the body needs all the available nutrients for repair.
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== Vitamins & Nutrients ==
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Following are some of the vitamins and nutrients that may be beneficial in the treatment of arthritis.
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* [[Vitamin A]]
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* Vitamin B complex
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* [[Vitamin B2]]
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* [[Vitamin B6]]
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* [[Vitamin B12]]
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* [[Niacin]]
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* Folic acid
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* [[Vitamin B5]] (panthothenic acid)
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* [[Vitamin C]]
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* [[Vitamin D]]
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* [[Vitamin E]]
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* [[Vitamin F]]
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* Bioflavonoids
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* [[Calcium]]
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* Iodine
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* [[Lecithin]]
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* [[Magnesium]]
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* Phosphorus
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* [[Potassium]]
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* Sulfur
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* Protein
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* Glucosamine Sulfate
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* Chondroitin
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* [[Omega 3]]
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* Probiotics
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* Rosehips
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* Pycnogenol
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== Beneficial Herbs ==
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* Bromelain
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* Yucca
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* Horsetail
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* Alfalfa
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* Yarrow
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* Capsicum
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* [[Valerian]]
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* [[White Willow]]
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* [[Burdock]]
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* Frankincense
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== Related Discussions ==
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== External Links ==
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Revision as of 03:27, 5 December 2010

Arthritis


Description & Causes

Arthritis is the result of inflammation, pain and soreness of the joints. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common types of this disease.

Osteoarthritis develops as a result of the continuous wearing away of the cartilage in a particular joint. Cartilage, is a smooth, soft, protective tissue that covers the ends of the bones at the joints. This tissue may become thin and disappear through excessive wear, as seen most often in the elderly. When enough cartilage has worn away, the rough surfaces of the bones rub together, causing not only pain, but stiffness. Weight-bearing joints such as the hips and knees are most affected. Symptoms are amplified during damp weather, upon rising from sleep in the morning, or after strenuous activity.

Rheumatoid arthritis not only affects a particular joint, but the body in its entirety. It destroys not only the cartilage and tissues around the joints, but often the bone surfaces themselves. The body naturally replaces the damaged tissue with scar tissue. This replacement causes the spaces between the joints to become narrow and eventually fuse together, resulting in painful deformities that may affect the quality of life. The result can be crippling, and often include swelling and joint pain, fatigue, anemia, weight-loss and fever. Symptoms may disappear and recur at a later date.


Prevention & Treatment

Exercise is extremely important in both the prevention and treatment of arthritis, because unused joints tend to "dry out" and stiffen. Good posture is also important, as poor posture can cause body weight to be unevenly distributed, placing unnecessary stress on the joints and ultimately resulting in pain.

Those who are over-weight or obese are more prone to arthritic conditions. A well-balanced diet is is mandatory, as the body needs all the available nutrients for repair.


Vitamins & Nutrients

Following are some of the vitamins and nutrients that may be beneficial in the treatment of arthritis.



Beneficial Herbs




Related Discussions

External Links