If you suspect you are suffering from arthritis, prompt diagnosis will help you to address the condition appropriately. Firstly a differential diagnosis is required to determine the exact type of Arthritis. Arthritis is a multifactorial complication and needs to be addressed from different aspects. These are diet, lifestyle, liver function, neurotransmitters, inflammatory mediators and medications. Positive results to pain management can improve the outcomes of this chronically degenerative disease when all aspects are considered.
Types of arthritis
Osteo-arthritis (the most common form of arthritis characterised by loss of cartilage) usually found in elderly people. It develops mainly as a result of the continuous wearing away of the cartilage in a joint. Other symptoms are pain and stiffness (especially after exercise), swelling, deformity, and/or a diminished range of motion. Osteoarthritis is generally experienced as a cold sensation, whereas heat sensations are usually experienced with Rheumatoid arthritis (a blood based condition related to autoimmunediseases) causes stiffness (especially in the mornings), swelling, and, often, crippling pain. It may also cause fatigue, anaemia and weight loss. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder: it is a self-attacking-self disease. The body’s immune system improperly identifies the synovial membranes as foreign. Inflammation results which causes damage to cartilage and tissues in and around the joints. Normal spaces within the joints become narrowed and the bones may even fuse together.