Arthritis2018-11-15T07:44:23+00:00

Arthritis

Arthritis is a disease characterised by inflammation of the joints. It can affect one or many joints throughout the body and the pain can be intermittent or constant. Although there are over 100 different types of arthritis, the most prevalent form is ‘Osteoarthritis’, which most commonly as we age.

Movement Training (see our movement fitness programmes and soft tissue manipulation) can generally help those suffering from arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is caused by the degeneration and breakdown of cartilage in the joint, resulting in the bones rubbing against each other. The pain experienced by those with osteoarthritis often begins as moderate, gradually increasing as the condition worsens. (Cartilage does not have a blood supply and therefore cannot heal itself in the same way that other connective tissues do).

Rheumatoid Arthritis

A less common, but particularly aggressive form of arthritis is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), which is a condition in which the body’s immune system begins to attack itself. People with RA often experience joint damage which can lead to deformity if left untreated. It usually occurs in the smaller joints such as fingers, hands, wrists and feet, but there have been cases where the knees and hip has been affected.

Common types of arthritis include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Septic arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus)
  • Gouty arthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Still’s disease

These issues are likely to be co-treated with medications and/or supplements. It is quite advisable to co-manage these conditions with an integrative medical practitioner – treatments like movement training can help to ease some of the symptoms of arthritis.

Causes of arthritis

Although there is no known cause of arthritis, we are learning more and more about what factors may contribute to its development. These include:

  • Genetics
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Infection of the joint
  • Gender (60% of sufferers are women)
  • Undue stress on a joint
  • General stress
  • Age

Symptoms of arthritis

People with arthritis often report the following symptoms:

  • Joint pain
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Muscle aches and pain
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Interrupted sleep
  • Redness and swelling (around the affected joint)

Top tips for managing the symptoms of arthritis

  • Maintaining a healthy diet
  • Staying active and exercising regularly
  • Keeping well hydrated
  • Avoiding activities which cause pain
  • Engaging in physical therapies
  • Prescribed medications
  • Seeking emotional support when necessary
  • Water exercise
  • Relaxation therapies such as yoga, massage.

Effective treatment of arthritis

Currently, there is no cure for osteoarthritis or RA. However, sufferers can find relief in a variety of treatments, which include physical therapies such as massage, acupuncture, movement training, soft tissue manipulation, some medications, alternative medicines.

Arthritis

Arthritis is a disease characterised by inflammation of the joints. It can affect one or many joints throughout the body and the pain can be intermittent or constant. Although there are over 100 different types of arthritis, the most prevalent form is ‘Osteoarthritis’, which most commonly as we age.

Movement Training (see our movement fitness programmes and soft tissue manipulation) can generally help those suffering from arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is caused by the degeneration and breakdown of cartilage in the joint, resulting in the bones rubbing against each other. The pain experienced by those with osteoarthritis often begins as moderate, gradually increasing as the condition worsens. (Cartilage does not have a blood supply and therefore cannot heal itself in the same way that other connective tissues do).

Rheumatoid Arthritis

A less common, but particularly aggressive form of arthritis is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), which is a condition in which the body’s immune system begins to attack itself. People with RA often experience joint damage which can lead to deformity if left untreated. It usually occurs in the smaller joints such as fingers, hands, wrists and feet, but there have been cases where the knees and hip has been affected.

Common types of arthritis include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Septic arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus)
  • Gouty arthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Still’s disease

These issues are likely to be co-treated with medications and/or supplements. It is quite advisable to co-manage these conditions with an integrative medical practitioner – treatments like movement training can help to ease some of the symptoms of arthritis.

Causes of arthritis

Although there is no known cause of arthritis, we are learning more and more about what factors may contribute to its development. These include:

  • Genetics
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Infection of the joint
  • Gender (60% of sufferers are women)
  • Undue stress on a joint
  • General stress
  • Age

Symptoms of arthritis

People with arthritis often report the following symptoms:

  • Joint pain
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Muscle aches and pain
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Interrupted sleep
  • Redness and swelling (around the affected joint)

Top tips for managing the symptoms of arthritis

  • Maintaining a healthy diet
  • Staying active and exercising regularly
  • Keeping well hydrated
  • Avoiding activities which cause pain
  • Engaging in physical therapies
  • Prescribed medications
  • Seeking emotional support when necessary
  • Water exercise
  • Relaxation therapies such as yoga, massage.

Effective treatment of arthritis

Currently, there is no cure for osteoarthritis or RA. However, sufferers can find relief in a variety of treatments, which include physical therapies such as massage, acupuncture, movement training, soft tissue manipulation, some medications, alternative medicines.

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