Rheumatoid arthritis can affect more than just your joints.
Arthritis is a term used to describe inflammation or swelling of one or more joints. There are over 100 different types of joint conditions that fall under the umbrella term “Arthritis.” Symptoms of arthritis may vary depending on the type , but usually include joint swelling, pain and stiffness. While arthritis is more commonly associated with older adults, it can affect people of any age, including men, women, and children.
Arthritis, being a chronic condition, can only be managed with ongoing treatment and lifestyle changes. There is no known cure for arthritis in any other medical system. However, with proper ayurvedic treatment, progression of the disease can be slowed down and an overall stability in terms of health status can be achieved.
What are the causes of arthritis?
The causes of arthritis can vary depending on the specific type of arthritis, but here are some common factors that contribute to the development of arthritis:
Age: The risk of developing arthritis increases with age. As we age, the cartilage in our joints may wear down, leading to joint pain and inflammation.
Genetics: Some types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, can be inherited. If someone in your family has arthritis, you may be more likely to develop it too.
Injuries: Joint injuries, such as fractures or dislocations, can increase the risk of developing arthritis. Injuries can damage the cartilage in the joint, leading to joint pain and inflammation.
Infection: Certain infections can trigger the development of arthritis. For example, Lyme disease can cause joint pain and inflammation.
Autoimmune disorders: Some types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus, are caused by the body’s immune system attacking the joints.
Obesity: Being overweight or obese puts extra stress on the joints, which can increase the risk of developing arthritis.
Occupational hazards: Certain jobs that involve repetitive motions or require standing for long periods can increase the risk of developing arthritis.
Lifestyle factors: Certain lifestyle factors, such as smoking and a sedentary lifestyle, can increase the risk of developing arthritis.
Ayurvedic treatment for arthritis
Ayurveda offers various treatments to manage it. Here are some Ayurvedic treatments for arthritis:
Ayurvedic medications: Ayurvedic medicines in tablet, capsule, powder and liquid forms that are prescribed by a qualified Ayuverdic doctor can help to reduce inflammation and pain in the joints.
Ayurvedic oil massages: This involves the use of warm herbal oils and a gentle massage to improve circulation and reduce stiffness in the afflicted joints.
Lifestyle changes: Ayurveda recommends lifestyle changes like practicing stress-reducing techniques such as yoga and meditation, getting regular exercise etc. to help manage arthritis.
Diet: Eating a healthy diet that includes anti-inflammatory foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help reduce inflammation and pain in the joints.
Panchakarma: This is a detoxification treatment that involves five different steps to remove toxins from the body. It can help reduce inflammation and pain in the joints. In certain cases, the doctor may advice this treatment.
It’s important to consult a qualified Ayurvedic doctor before beginning any treatment for arthritis. They can create a personalized treatment plan based on your individual needs and medical history.
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Different types of arthritis
There are more than 100 different conditions that affect the joints, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, and many others. Each type of arthritis has its own set of symptoms, causes, and treatment.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. It is a type of arthritis that occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of bones wears down over time, causing pain, stiffness, and difficulty moving the affected joint. It most commonly affects the hands, knees, hips, and spine, and is often associated with aging, genetics, previous history of joint injuries, and also due to repetitive stress on the joints.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disorder that primarily affects the joints, causing inflammation, pain, stiffness, and eventually joint damage and deformity. It typically affects the smaller joints in the hands and feet. RA can also affect other tissues throughout the body and cause problems in organs such as the lungs, heart, and eyes. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own healthy tissues.
Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that primarily affects the spine and sacroiliac joints in the pelvis. It causes inflammation, pain, stiffness, and eventually fusion of the affected joints, leading to a loss of flexibility and mobility in the spine.
Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic condition that typically begins in early adulthood and is more common in men than women. The exact cause of the condition is unknown, but it is believed to be related to genetic factors and an abnormal immune system response.
Gout is a type of arthritis that occurs when uric acid builds up in the blood and forms crystals in the joints, causing sudden and severe pain, swelling, and redness. It most commonly affects the big toe, but can also affect other joints such as the ankle, knee, and wrist. Gout is often associated with a diet high in purines, which are found in red meat, seafood, and alcohol. Other risk factors for gout include genetics, obesity, and certain medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is a type of arthritis that affects children under the age of 16. It is also known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) or juvenile chronic arthritis (JCA).
JIA is a chronic condition that causes joint inflammation, pain, stiffness, and swelling, and can also affect other parts of the body such as the eyes, skin, and gastrointestinal system. The cause of JIA is unknown, but it is believed to be related to genetic and environmental factors. There are several subtypes of JIA, each with their own specific symptoms and treatments.
Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that can occur in people with psoriasis, a chronic skin condition that causes red, scaly patches on the skin. It is an autoimmune disorder, which means that the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues, including the joints and skin.
Psoriatic arthritis can cause joint pain, stiffness, and swelling, as well as skin and nail changes. It can affect any joint in the body, but most commonly affects the fingers, toes, and spine. Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic condition that can worsen over time, but treatment can help manage symptoms and prevent joint damage. Treatment options include medications and physical therapy.
Reactive arthritis is a type of arthritis that occurs in response to an infection in another part of the body, typically in the urinary or gastrointestinal tract. It is also known as Reiter’s syndrome.
Reactive arthritis causes joint inflammation, pain, stiffness, and swelling, as well as other symptoms such as redness of the eyes, skin rashes, and difficulty urinating. The exact cause of reactive arthritis is not well understood, but it is believed to be related to an abnormal immune system response triggered by the infection.
Septic arthritis, also known as infectious arthritis, is a serious joint infection that occurs when bacteria or other infectious agents invade a joint, causing inflammation and damage. Septic arthritis most commonly affects the knee, hip, shoulder, and elbow joints.
Symptoms of septic arthritis include joint pain, swelling, warmth, and redness, as well as fever and chills. Septic arthritis is a medical emergency and requires prompt treatment to prevent further joint damage and other complications. Risk factors for septic arthritis include advanced age, underlying medical conditions, weakened immune system, recent joint surgery, and injection into the joint.
Thumb arthritis is a type of osteoarthritis that affects the base of the thumb where it connects to the wrist. It occurs when the cartilage that cushions the joint wears down over time, causing pain, stiffness, and weakness in the thumb. Thumb arthritis is more common in women and in people over the age of 40, but it can also occur in younger people who have experienced joint injury or have a family history of the condition. Symptoms of thumb arthritis include pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness at the base of the thumb, as well as difficulty gripping or pinching objects.
Can arthritis be prevented?
While it is true that some causes of arthritis cannot be prevented, such as family history, age, or sex, there are several steps you can take to potentially reduce your risk or delay the onset of arthritis, such as:
Maintaining a healthy weight: Excess weight puts additional stress on the joints, increasing the risk of arthritis.
Exercising regularly: Regular exercise can help keep the joints flexible and reduce the risk of arthritis.
Protecting your joints: Avoid repetitive motions that can cause joint strain.
Eating a healthy diet: Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help reduce inflammation and promote joint health.
What are the complications of arthritis
Arthritis can lead to various complications, depending on the type and severity of the condition. Some of the common complications associated with arthritis are:
Chronic pain: One of the most significant complications of arthritis is chronic pain, which can be debilitating and affect a person’s ability to perform daily activities.
Joint damage: Arthritis can cause joint damage over time, leading to deformities and disability.
Reduced range of motion: Arthritis can limit the range of motion in affected joints, making it difficult to perform even simple movements.
Osteoporosis: Some types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, can lead to osteoporosis or bone loss, increasing the risk of fractures.
Cardiovascular disease: People with rheumatoid arthritis are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease due to chronic inflammation and other factors.
Infections: People with some types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, are more susceptible to infections due to a weakened immune system and the use of immunosuppressive medications.
Depression and anxiety: Chronic pain and disability associated with arthritis can lead to depression and anxiety, affecting a person’s quality of life.
Arthritis is a widely prevalent and chronic condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Symptoms and causes of arthritis may vary depending on the type. While there is no cure for arthritis, with proper ayurvedic treatment, progression of the disease can be slowed down. Ayurvedic treatment for arthritis focuses on balancing the three doshas, which in-turn reduces the inflammation, regulates the metabolism, and modulates the immune system. By addressing these underlying factors, Ayurveda aims to effectively manage the symptoms of arthritis and improve overall health to bring about a perceptible improvement in the quality of life.
Yes, Ayurveda offers various treatment methods for arthritis that can effectively help to reduce inflammation, pain, and stiffness in the joints associated with the disease.
Ayurvedic treatments for arthritis at Uway include oral medications, oil therapy, dietary changes, yoga and panchakarma. Specific treatments will vary from patient to patient depending on the individual’s unique needs and condition of the disease.
There is no surefire way to prevent arthritis. Certain causes of arthritis such as family history, age, or sex, cannot be prevented, but there are several steps you can take to potentially reduce your risk,or delay the onset of arthritis such as, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and protecting your joints from injury.
Ayurveda medications are usually a very safe and effective option for treating arthritis, when practiced under the guidance of a qualified ayurvedic doctor.
At UWAY, our doctors prescribe only proven medicines from well-established and reputed ayurvedic medicine manufacturers. However, just like certain foods do not always agree with everyone, few ayurvedic medicines may cause mild side effects in some patients. This is very rare though. In case you notice any such issue you can always talk to your consulting doctor or our medical team. It is important to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner before beginning any Ayurvedic treatment
Yes, Ayurvedic treatments can be used alongside conventional treatments for arthritis, but it is important to discuss this with your consulting doctor at UWAY, to ensure that the treatments do not interact negatively.
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