Osteoarthritis also known as degenerative joint disorder is one type of arthritic form, characterized by symptoms such as pain, joint swelling and inflammation.
Arthrology is the study of joints. Itis means inflammation. Arthritis is a Combination of both the terms Arthrology and itis.
Weight bearing joints such as hip joint and knee joint are prone to osteoarthritis. Proper food supplements with gentle exercise after hot water fomentation for vasodilation and release of histamine in order to reduce pain will relieve muscle spasm. Strengthening of calf muscles, hamstrings and quadriceps will increase the joint range of motion. Aging factor is also a major cause for arthritis.
Shoulder joint is susceptible to periarthiritis. The capsule around the joint, the rotator cuff muscles around the shoulder viz., supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis has to be strengthened. Mainly the adduction and abduction movement of the shoulder joint is restricted by muscle spasm and joint stiffness due to inflammation. As the shoulder is the only joint with rotator movement though hip is also a ball and socket joint, impingement of head of humerus during rotation results in minor wear and tear of the joint.
The major symptoms of arthiritis are pain, stiffness of joints, reduction in joint space, swelling of joint, protective muscle spasm, restriction in joint range of motion and tenderness. In chronic arthritis, crepitus is apparent on palpitation.
Minor joints of fingers and toes are vulnerable to Rhuematoid arthritis. Though most of the symptoms resemble that of osteoarthritis, early morning stiffness of fingers and toes is a unique symptom of Rheumatoid arthritis and this condition is mostly inherited.
Steroids are the drugs which will reduce pain instantly but not the root cause/aetiology of the ailment. NSAIDS- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are available in the market to reduce inflammation. But Proper supply of nutrition and oxygen to the joints by food supplements can definitely prevent the deterioration of joints by arthritis. A balanced diet with minerals, vitamins and proteins supplemented with antioxidants is essential for healthy bones and joints. Omega-3 fatty acids are available with the chemists/pharmacists but the natural foods can also be preferred as they are tasty and inexpensive. Natural foods not only reduce the symptoms such pain, inflammation and swelling of joints but also helps in developing healthy joint through proper supply of nutrition and oxygen. You don’t worry that you are diagnosed with arthritis, stay cool as natural fruits and spicy dishes are already available to taste and get well soon.
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