inflammation of one or more joints. A joint is the area where two
bones meet. There are over 100 different types of arthritis.
chronic poly arthritis
Arthritis involves the breakdown of cartilage. Cartilage normally
protects a joint, allowing it to move smoothly. Cartilage also
absorbs shock when pressure is placed on the joint, such as when
you walk. Without the normal amount of cartilage, the bones rub
together, causing pain, swelling (inflammation), and stiffness.
Joint inflammation may result from:
autoimmune disease (the body's immune system mistakenly attacks
"wear and tear" on joints
Infection, usually by bacteria or virus
Arthritis causes joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited
movement. Symptoms can include:
ability to move the joint
of the skin around a joint
Stiffness, especially in the morning
around a joint
Homeopathic approach- The goal of treatment is to
reduce pain, improve function, and prevent further joint damage.
The underlying cause cannot usually be cured.
Lifestyle changes- Lifestyle changes are the
preferred treatment for osteoarthritis and other types of joint
inflammation. Exercise can help relieve stiffness, reduce pain and
fatigue, and improve muscle and bone strength. Your health care
team can help you design an exercise program that is best for
Exercise programs may include:
Low-impact aerobic activity (also called endurance exercise)
- Range of
motion exercises for flexibility
training for muscle tone
therapy may be recommended. This might include:
- Heat or
or orthotics to support joints and help improve their position;
this is often needed for rheumatoid arthritis
plenty of sleep. Sleeping 8 to 10 hours a night and taking naps
during the day can help you recover from a flare-up more quickly
and may even help prevent flare ups.
staying in one position for too long.
positions or movements that place extra stress on your sore
your home to make activities easier. For example, install grab bars
in the shower, the tub, and near the toilet.
stress-reducing activities, such as meditation, yoga, or tai
- Eat a
healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables, which contain important
vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin E.
- Eat foods
rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as cold water fish (salmon,
mackerel, and herring), flaxseed, rapeseed (canola) oil, soybeans,
soybean oil, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts.
weight, if you are overweight. Weight loss can greatly improve
joint pain in the legs and feet.
Complications of arthritis include:
Difficulty performing daily activities