Joint Swollen And Tender? Could Be Arthritis.

October 10, 2008 by admin · Leave a Comment 

Is your joint swollen and tender?  It doesn’t matter if it’s your shoulder, fingers or neck – a swollen joint can be painful and if you are over 50 it’s most likely caused by arthritis.

As you get older, your body simply doesn’t work as good as it did when you were younger and one thing that happens is that it does not produce as much of the compounds that keep your joints lubricated and working properly.  The result is stiff, painful joints.  The bones can wear against each other resulting in inflammation and arthritis.

There are 4 Diagnosis of acute swollen joints and these are reactive, infected, inflammatory, and hemorrhagic. To prevent arthritis from being acute or severe, a person that suffers from symptoms should seek treatment as soon as possible. In order for a person to prevent the long term painful effects of such disability the first thing that should be done is to determine if it is a chronically swollen joint or an acutely swollen joint – this is best analyzed by your doctor.  If it turns out your joint swelling is from injury or just temporary, then treatment would be protecting yourself with further injuries, having enough rest, ice for about 20 minutes and your symptoms should clear up eventually.

If your problem is arthritis, then you may need prescription drugs to deal with your swollen joints.  Either way, your best bet is to seek a doctors care as soon as you notice a joint swollen and inflamed – no matter what the reason, you’ll want to start treatment right away to relieve the joint pain!

Inflammation, Arthritis And Age

October 10, 2008 by admin · 1 Comment 

Once you hit the age of about 55, it’s all downhill! The body doesn’t work as good as it used to and you might start to experience some illness or disease. One problem that adults typically complain about is the joint pain also known as arthritis. Arthritis comes from the Greek word Arthro which means joint and itis which means inflammation.

There are different types of arthritis and most of those types are inflammation arthritis. Inflammation is described as an immune reaction or response to infection or disease that causes joint pain, swelling, heat, and discomfort on the area which is affected; it is actually an innate natural protection or resistance of the body to protect it from illness, however, misdirected inflammation can also cause some negative effects such as the case with arthritis.

Arthritis is painful as we all know; a person who suffers from such disability will go through painful, swelling and other problems with their joints especially in the morning where stiffness of the body parts such as hands, legs, arms and even back or knees occurs. The arthritis can be so severe that it limits them from doing every day activities.

One thing that we have to consider with inflammation arthritis is that Cytokines are what control inflammatory responses – these are proteins that are produced by your cells. For one to understand inflammation that person must know the roles of cytokines; these proteins cannot be grouped into one lump, however since there are different types of cytokines and all of them are different when it comes to function. Unfortunately, improper production or even over production of cytokines can give a person diseases like rheumatic arthritis so cytokines play an important role in terms of such disease.

But what most people with inflammation arthritis have is called osteoarthritis. This can be painful and limiting as well and there really is no good cure. However, if you lead a healthy lifestyle and eat healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and cold water fish, you can do wonders to reduce the pain.

Treating Inflamed Joints

October 10, 2008 by admin · Leave a Comment 

People with arthritis may have tried several ways to reduce the pain and even treat the problem but not all those people have succeeded in finding the right medication. If you’re one of the people who suffered from inflamed joint problems or inflammation arthritis you may have tried some pharmaceutical drugs and have suffered from side effects that were caused by those pharmaceutical drugs.

Inflamed joints can be a result of unhealthy diet, injuries, arthritis and the like and, with the fact that it causes so much pain to people who suffer from it, there are many who would like to know about reducing the pain.  The best way to lessen or reduce the pain of inflamed joints is through dietary methods. Yes,  the foods that you eat can greatly affect your joint inflammation.

One thing you should be aware of is that there are many foods that have anti-inflammatory properties. As the name “anti inflammatory” suggests, these  foods can help lessen the inflammation in your joints and relieve joint pain. Those are foods which are rich with omega 3 fatty acids like purified fish oil supplements, salmon,  and green lipped mussels.  Many people have heard of Salmon being rich in Omega 3’s, but the green lipped mussel, of which you may not be aware of is found in New Zealand and it is much known in the United States.

Other anti inflammatory foods include olive oil, grass fed beef, leafy greens, broccoli, cherries and blueberries.  Perhaps one of the most potent, and tasty, foods to fight inflamed joints is the spice called Turmeric which has long been used in southern Asian cuisine.

Inflammation of Joints – Get the Right Treatment Today

September 21, 2008 by admin · Leave a Comment 

When joint pain sets in, the end result usually take on the shape of hot, red, swollen joints. Excruciating pain in the joints is normal as a joint disease takes its toll on your body. While there are several joint diseases to choose from as the culprit of your suffering, inflammation of joints need to be treated right away, whatever its cause, in order to prevent further deterioration and irreversible damage to the bones, muscles, and joints. Health professionals consider getting the right diagnosis and the proper recommendation the key factors in winning the battle against painful symptoms of joint diseases.

Arthritis has been reported to be the most probable cause of joint inflammation, and the most common type of arthritis is none other than osteoarthritis, a disease responsible for the formation and growth of bone spurs in the joints. Irritation and inflammation result from the digging of the bone spurs into their surrounding muscles, ligaments, and tendons. A more dangerous type of arthritis that can cause joint pain and inflammation is rheumatoid arthritis, which has been classified as an autoimmune disease that can lead to total disability and early death.

Whatever type it is, arthritis is considered a very serious medical problem and should be treated right away. Working hand in hand with your doctor in creating an effective and safe program for pain relief and control, as well as coping techniques, is vital to your full recovery. Rheumatologists usually recommend keeping joints under wraps using elastic bandages that are helpful in making distressing painful and inflamed joints stable and steady. Ask your doctor how to put on the bandages and how long your joints should remain wrapped. Symptoms of arthritis can be relieved through a good massage therapy, which promotes proper blood circulation and loosens stiffened muscles. Ask your doctor how many hours a day and how many times a week you should have a massage. If medications are prescribed, make sure to be precise with them. Some drugs that fight the destruction of the joints, specifically non-steroidal inflammatory medicines, can cause stomach ulceration; utmost obedience to your prescription is necessary to keep you away from harm.

Another type of arthritis that causes inflammation of joints is gout, which is primarily characterized by searing episodes of pain that feels like pins and needles. Gout is a result of the body’s failure to properly metabolize purine, a kind of protein the excess of which creates crystals of uric acid that forms in the joints like sharp pieces of glass, causing extreme discomfort. In this type of arthritis, both the pain and inflammation are ordinarily confined or exclusive to the big toe.

The number one way to keep gout at bay is to stay away from purines, which can be found in organ meats, anchovies, sardines, tuna, herring, and gravies, among other foods. Gout can be typically cured by anti-inflammatory drugs that are normally prescribed for short-term use because attacks are commonly only last for a couple of days to a week. If the pain is severe, tablets or injections of steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be given to treat the extreme inflammation of joints.