Arthritis Reasons and Remedies

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Arthritis Reasons and RemediesNearly 30% of the World’s population suffers from joint pain and arthritis. That’s 1 in every 3 adults, worldwide. What causes arthritis and the associated joint swelling and pain?

Arthritis literally means inflammation of the joint, but the term is used to describe nearly 100 rheumatic (inflamed, swollen) diseases and conditions that affect joints, tissues that surround the joints, and similar connective tissues. At its worst, arthritis occurs when the protective cartilage of the joint wears away, exposing the bare bone which causes pain, discomfort, and limited movement.

Arthritis has many common risk factors including:

  • Genetics – If your family members suffer from arthritis, you may be more at risk.
  • Aging – Bones, cartilage and similar supporting tissues grow brittle and less flexible as we age and more susceptible to damage.
  • Weight – If you are overweight, your joints must support added weight, causing pain and inflammation. Increased obesity is directly linked to the development of arthritis.
  • Previous joint injury or infection – Healthy joints have smooth surfaces, injured joints have irregularities in that normally smooth surface, which can lead to arthritis. Infections of the joints can also cause pain and swelling.
  • Repetitive sports movements – Don’t let this discourage you from participating in your favorite sport, as the benefits far outweigh the risks, but sports like running, tennis or any contact sport may contribute to arthritis secondary to impact injury or overuse injury.
  • Illness or infections with inflammation – Your Grandmother believed that if left untreated, illness “settled” in joints, and in many instances, she was right. Conditions like gout and many of the “rheumatic” diseases result in painful and swollen joints. Additionally, conditions associated with an increase in fluids (fluid retention) will experience swollen joints as they are the most likely location for the accumulation of these fluids.
  • Gender – Women are more susceptible to arthritis than men, especially after menopause as their bone density levels drop, leading to osteoporosis. Body structure, hormones and even high heels, all contribute to an increased risk.
  • Occupational risks – Jobs with repetitive motion for extended periods of time, such as assembly line work, can put stress on joints, causing inflammation and swelling. Jobs that require the lifting of heavy weights can also contribute to added risk.
  • Unrelieved Stress – The stress in our daily lives upsets our body’s hormonal balance resulting in a weakened immune system. The weakened immune system can then allow bacteria to invade our bodies and joints which can lead to the development of arthritis.

Do YOU suffer from the pain and swelling of arthritis?

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