According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 40 million Americans are currently living with arthritis. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States; with the annual cost to the U.S. economy being estimated at more than $130 billion.
People with arthritis oftentimes find themselves in a Catch-22 situation. Their rational mind tells them that gentle exercise can help to relieve the pain they are experiencing. Their physical body is screaming "it hurts to walk; you can't possibly expect me to exercise!" So, what is a person to do and how can they overcome this inner conflict?
If you, or a loved one, have been diagnosed with arthritis, you owe it to yourself to visit the Arthritis Foundation website. This site is easy-to-navigate and provides a wealth of knowledge and resources for both young and old, newly diagnosed, or someone who has been dealing with arthritis for years.
Arthritis Pain Medications
Currently, there are more than 100 different medications used to treat the pain, stiffness, and inflammation of arthritis. This stems from the fact that there are more than 100 different types of arthritis. Additionally, each individual who has arthritis may or may not respond to treatment. Oftentimes, it can take several years to find the right combination of arthritis pain medications.
Common Arthritis Symptoms
Did you know there are over 100 different types of arthritis? Shocking, isn't it? Today, we're going to take a look at the four most common types of arthritis and their symptoms. If your type of arthritis isn't covered, conduct research via the Internet. Just type in "arthritis symptoms" at your favorite search engine and you'll be well on your way to finding more answers.
Holistic Medicine for Arthritis
Oftentimes, medications prescribed to control arthritis pain can cause side effects, including problems with the liver or gastrointestinal tract. Many people are unable to take prescribed arthritis medications due to allergic reactions. Others simply prefer to treat their arthritis symptoms through the use of holistic medicine.
The word arthritis is derived from 'arth' meaning joint and 'itis' meaning inflammation. While there are over 100 different types of arthritis, they all have one thing in common -- inflammation of the joints or tissue around the joints. In other words, all types of arthritis can be considered inflammatory arthritis.
Pain Relief from Arthritis
Perhaps one of the best kept secrets for pain relief from arthritis is a micro-trace mineral known as Germanium. This gift from Nature helps to oxygenate cells; increase endorphins for pain management; and offers anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties.