Some forms cause inflammation where your joints will swell along with varying levels of pain. While those with Rheumatoid Arthritis or Rheumatism may also experience fatigue, weight loss, fever and skin rashes.
How to tell if you are suffering from Arthritis?
While it is common to experience pain in your muscles and joints from time to time, especially if you have an active job or like to engage in sports, if this pain does not subside after a few days then you may need to make an appointment to visit your doctor.
Early diagnosis for Arthritis is the key to avoiding long term damage so if you are suffering from any of the following then make an appointment as soon as you can:
- You are experiencing pain that is not linked to an injury
- Pain from an injury persists for over a week
- You feel well or have a fever
- Everyday tasks are too difficult due to the pain
- Pain killers has not eased your symptoms
- You experience swelling, stiffness and pain in your joint
Treatment for Arthritis
Although there is currently no cure for Arthritis there are a number of different treatments that can not only help relieve the pain and inflammation, but can also help to slow down the progression of the condition and the damage to your joints that it can cause.
The first form of treatment is medication, which can include; Analgesics (painkillers), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs).
Sometimes your doctor may even refer you to see a physiotherapist who will be able to show you certain exercises or stretches. They will probably recommend activities such as swimming as this will help build up the strength in your joints and muscles without strain.
In some extreme cases if the medication and physiotherapy does not ease your symptoms then you may have to go down the route of surgery.
The normal surgery options are arthroplasty (joint replacement), arthodesis (joint fusion) or osteotomy (where a bone is cut and realigned). One of the best and easiest ways to relieve pain is actually by using one of the TENS pen devices that are available on the market. They are very easy to find and use and are indeed very affordable. As stated early diagnosis is the key to preventing long term damage so if you are worrying about your joints then speak to your doctor before it is too late.
Joint pain caused by toxic elements
We all know that the earth is made up of different elements, each shown on the Periodic Table of Elements.
Some of these elements are essential for good health while others can cause problems.
The elements that can improve your health are as follows:
There are other elements that are actually toxic and can cause you harm. Some of them are listed below:
If your body contains too high a concentration of these toxic elements your bodily functions can be negatively affected.
You should also be wary of consuming too many of the good elements as this can also affect your health.
Can certain elements cause joint inflammation?
In simple terms joint inflammation can be caused by your body containing certain elements, for example high levels of lead and manganese can cause Arthritis to occur.
It causes Arthritis in the following ways:
#1 – Element deposits in your joints
If your body contains excess elements then they have to go somewhere, often straight to your joints, which can interfere with normal joint movement.
These element deposits can lead to joint inflammation and the subsequent damage.
#2 – Wrong nutrition
These toxic elements in high concentrations can begin to substitute the other elements known to help promote good health.
Certain elements are sometimes found in balance so if one element becomes too high it can affect the other.
For example if your zinc levels fall, then you will find that your copper levels will rise, which can lead to issues such as Arthritis.
Our bodies need vitamins and minerals for good health, they can also help with the detoxification process. Helping to remove these toxic element for your body.
Yet due to the rise in environmental toxins many people believe that our bodies need a little extra help to remove these elements.
This is where a nutritionally oriented physician can help, they will be able to run tests and find out if there are any imbalances in your system. They can then be able to create a roadmap of your joints and how to ensure the potential causes of Arthritis are resolved.
Treatment of Sciatica
Sciatica is caused by a compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the human body. It can be caused for a number of different reasons, which of course will have an effect on the treatment options available to you.
The pain caused by Sciatica can last from anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of months. Therefore there are two main courses for treatment, the first is for short term Sciatica, the second is for chronic Sciatica, which is defined when the pain lasts for longer than six weeks. In this article we are going to take a look at the course of treatment for both of them.
Treatment for short term Sciatica?
If you are suffering from short-term sciatic pain then the best course of treatment will be painkillers. The ones that work the best are anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen.
However, if you are unable to take Ibuprofen for any reason then you should be fine with any ‘over the counter’ painkillers.
Most of the time these painkillers should be fine to deal with the pain without visiting the doctor, however if they aren’t then your doctor will be able to prescribe you slightly more powerful painkillers to help you.
One of the things that people tend to do when they are dealing with Sciatica is to sit around and do nothing. However this is going to be to your detriment.
Gentle stretching exercises and walking should actually help you to deal with the pain and provide a substantial amount of relief. If you are working then you should try to return to work as quickly as possible.
Finally, for short term Sciatica you could also try the option of using compression packs. Either a hot or cold one will work. All you need to do is hold it on the affected area. This should help reduce swellingif there is any as well as assist in a reduction of pain.
Treatment for chronic Sciatica?
If you have chronic Sciatica then you will need to use a combination of different treatments. To start with, you will use painkillers just as in short term Sciatica. However, it is best to consult with your doctor first as some painkillers are not meant to be used over long periods of time as they can end up causing damage to your body.
If painkillers do not work for you, then your doctor may be able to inject Corticosteroid.
This is an anti-inflammatory shot that is given to you directly into the affected area. This helps to provide considerable relief but it isn’t something that can be carried out too often due to the side effects of using it.
Again, exercise is also great for those suffering from chronic Sciatica. This will help to strengthen the muscles within your back. In more serious cases you may be recommended to a physiotherapist who will come up with a special treatment plan to help you through the pain.
In some cases, surgery may be the only option when it comes to the relief of Sciatica. The type of surgery that is undertaken will depend on the severity of the condition as well as the root cause. Most people will get permanent relief from this.