It’s time to take control! Some common conditions about Arthritis include but are not limited to the following: What is Arthritis, who is at risk, What are the types of Arthritis, What are my treatment options, What can I do? Arthritis is a group of conditions involving damage to the joints of the body. The word “arthro” means joint and the suffix “itis” literally means inflammation. 46 million Americans of 1 in 5 people are affected with some kind of Arthritis. Over the age of 65 years old, 2/3 of Americans are affected. This is the most common cause of disability in the United States. Medical costs for this condition top $81 billion annually and accounts for $47 billion in lost wages annually. There are 750,000 hospitalizations per year due to Arthritis and 36 million out-patients cases annually. The percent of adults with Arthritis is expected to increase in 48 states between 2005 and 2030.
Types of Arthritis
There are two types of Arthritis primary and secondary. Primary Arthritis includes the following subtypes: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, AS, and Septic Arthritis. Secondary Arthritis includes: Psoriatic, SLE, Reactive, and autoimmune disorders.
Signs and Treatment of Osteoarthritis (DJD)
DJD can cause joint pain, stiffness, crepitus, loss of motion, and eventual weakness. What are my treatment options for Arthritis? Go see a doctor now, determine your current status, discuss your course of action, and direct you mind and focus to getting better. Treatment goals should be reducing pain, promoting healing, restoring function, regaining strength and stability, changing your habits, and maintaining homeostasis or balance within your body. Your diet should include the following: lean protein, complex carbohydrates, good fats, multi-vitamins, flaxseed oil, Glucosamine Sulfate, and at least 6-8 hours of rest per night.
The Archives of Internal Medicine said the number of people seeking alternative healthcare is on the rise. Recent studies have shown that people are seeking natural healthcare providers that offer a drug-free approach to pain relief rather than a traditional medical approach. Thomas Edison once said, “The doctor of the future will give his patients no medicine, but will interest his or her patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” Furthermore, Mark Twain stated, “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” Chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage therapy, and acupuncture are all great adjuncts in helping to treat and manage the signs and symptoms of Arthritis.
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