Arthritis is an informal way of talking about joint disease. They are over 100 conditions that fall under the umbrella of arthritis. People of all ages, sexes and races have it and it is the leading cause of disability. It is most common among women and is more frequent when one gets older. Arthritis is of different types: degenerative, inflammatory, infectious and metabolic. Symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion in the joints. They can come and go, be mild, moderate or severe or stay for years, progress and get worse over time. Arthritis can cause severe damage to the joints. Often, this damage is invisible to the naked eye, but can be seen on X-ray.
You can do a lot to preserve your joint function. Physical activity and weight management is essential to keep the joints ticking. Applying indirect heat or cold to painful joints is one of the easiest ways of relieving pain and stiffness. Neither heat nor cold should be applied for more than 20 minutes though. Treating arthritis early is the key. And early and aggressive treatment is especially important to those who will develop severe arthritis.
Other forms of medicine that offer treatment for arthritis are quite expensive and protracted. Homeopathy offers holistic care for arthritis and its pain management. Positive Homeopathy has treated thousands of patients with arthritis with individualized prescriptions. Our homeopathic doctors evaluate the patient and start treating the condition from the source. Homeopathic treatments for arthritis aim at minimizing pain and joint damage.
If left untreated, the long-term damage to the joints can be significant. Fibrous tissue may form around the joints, and bones may fuse together. This can cause deformity and a loss of mobility. Of course, with the hands being the most commonly affected, this loss of mobility can cause serious issues with quality of life.