Inflammatory arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition which impairs the tissues connecting the bones. The condition is typified by inflammation and swelling, pain, stiffness, reduced movement and eventual, long-term joint damage.
Typically, the disorder afflicts similar joints on both sides of the body, commonly the wrists, fingers, elbows, knees, and feet.
Causes And Symptoms Of Inflammatory Arthritis
A joint comprises of two smooth bone surfaces which glide over one another when the joint bends. In case of inflammatory arthritis, the smooth surfaces of the bone get inflamed and swollen and this results in pain.
Inflammatory arthritis is a degenerative autoimmune condition wherein your body’s immune mechanism erroneously attacks and damages its own tissues.
Inflammatory Arthritis Symptoms
- The onset of inflammatory arthritis is insidious and gradual; initially, there will be some stiffness in the morning which stays for about one hour, fatigue, pain in the muscles and joints and loss of appetite.
- The joint becomes warm, red and tender. The range of movement of the joint reduces.
- Swelling and fluid accumulation tend to develop later on. These symptoms aggravate as the disease progresses to joint destruction.
Home Remedies For Inflammatory Arthritis
Inflammatory arthritis is a chronic condition, thus it needs long-term treatment. Quick diagnosis and prompt treatment are vital to prevent further damage as well as immobility.
- During the initial part of the therapy it is essential that you confer with your orthopedic and start anti-rheumatic and anti-inflammatory medications.
- Consuming two or more servings of oily fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel per week, helps decrease swelling and inflammation.
- Experts say that you need to ensure that you consume a balanced, nutritious diet loaded with fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains; and cut down on fats and salt.
- Ginger is an excellent home remedy for inflammatory arthritis.
- Research shows that RA patients have lower-than-recommended levels of vitamin D, C, B6, and B12. Also levels of calcium, magnesium and zinc are insufficient. Confer with your health care provider and embark upon the required supplementation.
- It is vital to note that dairy products and processed meats tend to aggravate the symptoms or trigger a flare up. Thus, it would be prudent to steer clear of these foods.
- Physiotherapy is advised; book yourself for 10 to 12 sessions with a physical therapist. Physical therapy allays pain and stiffness appreciably and enhances your range of motion too. Performing regular, moderate exercise, at least 2 to 3 times a week is recommended.
- Massaging the affected joints also affords tremendous benefits. However, make sure you consult a licensed masseur. Regular massage improves blood flow to the affected joints, allays pain and stiffness and enhances the joints’ range of motion significantly.
- Homeopathy drugs – Arnica Montana, Silicea, Rhus Tox have proved to be greatly beneficial in managing the symptoms of the condition.
- Also, make sure that you get adequate sleep; avoid caffeine and alcohol; and identify and manage stressors.
- Given that rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive condition which can result in severe disabilities, depression is rather commonly seen in RA patients. A lifestyle overhaul becomes necessary to manage the case successfully.