What is imflammatory Arthritis

Joint pains bothering you? “Arthritis” refers to inflammation of the joints. Inflammatory arthritis refers to those conditions of the joints that involve the immune system and inflammation.  In the case of

osteoarthritis,

the inflammation arises because the articular cartilage on the ends has worn away.  In the case of

degenerative arthritis,

the pain worsens at the end of the day and with activity.


Types

Rheumatoid arthritis

(RA):

It is a systemic disease of the immune system that usually affects multiple joints on both sides of the body at the same time. The joint lining becomes inflamed as part of a systemic disease.Stiffness and pain usually appear first thing in the morning and after sitting still for a while.

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS)

: It is a chronic inflammation of the spine and the sacroiliac joint (the point where the spine meets the pelvic bone) that can also cause inflammation in other joints.

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus):

It  is an autoimmune disease in which the body harms its own healthy cells and tissues.


What leads to it?

Many forms of inflammatory arthritis are autoimmune disorders- the body considers its own tissues as foreign and reacts in the form of inflammation. Autoimmune conditions include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis, Reiter’s Syndrome, psoriatic arthritis and arthritis
associated with inflammatory bowel disease. Inflammatory arthritis can also be caused by certain types of bacteria as in the case of reactive arthritis or by deposits of crystalline structures in the joints as with gout and pseudogout.

Symptoms

  • Pain and swelling of one or more joints.
  • Stiffness in the joints on getting up in the morning, or after sitting for a while. Symptoms due to minor illness like sore throat or cold or due to emotional stress .
  • Multiple joint complaints
  • red, swollen joints which are warm to the touch
  • loss of joint function
  • When joint inflammation occurs, the increased number of cells and inflammatory substances within the joint cause irritation, wearing away cartilage (the cushions at the ends of the bones), and cause swelling of the joint lining. Even flu-like symptoms can accompany the inflammatory process.

Cure

  • Conventional medical treatment can relieve the symptoms, but do not deal with the root cause.
  • Undergoing comprehensive natural medicine testing to ascertain the why the body is producing antibodies against itself.
  • Medications such as NSAIDs, Analgesics(Pain Killers),Corticosteroids, Dmards,BRMs/Biologics
  • Excercise- cycling, Tai Chi, Walking, Water Excercise, Yoga and physical therapy
  • Rest
  • Proper diet

Inflammatrory arthritis, that is the nagging pain in the joints , can be managed well if proper precaustions are taken. Many are afflicted and obviously they should be well aware of what it involves.