9 Things You Need to Know and Understand about Arthritis

Dr. Vijaykumar S. Kamat

If you have ever experienced joint pains, you would know how distressing Arthritis could be. It is true that approximately 350 million people across the world suffer from Arthritis. As Arthritis is so common, it is important to have the correct information about it. Here is the information that each one of us needs to know about Arthritis.

  1. Arthritis is not just a Single Disease with Aches and Pains:

There are about 100 different forms of Arthritis. The most common form is Osteoarthritis, which may affect your hips, hands, knees, back and even your shoulders. Other forms include Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Septic Arthritis. Symptoms include pain and swelling and make it difficult to engage in routine activities.

  1. Myth: Arthritis Affects Only Elderly People

Does Arthritis affect only older people? The answer is No. We generally associate Arthritis to be related to old age, but we rarely know that even young adults or children can suffer from some types of Arthritis.

  1. Have you heard about Juvenile Arthritis?

We know that Arthritis can occur in any age group. When children suffer from joint pains, it is known as Juvenile Arthritis. Juvenile Arthritis is difficult to diagnose, as there is no screening for Juvenile Arthritis. Thus, consulting a physician or pediatrician is important if your child suffers from constant joint pain or swelling, unexplained skin rashes, a fever with swelling of the lymph nodes or inflammation of other organs in the body.

  1. Weather Can Make a Difference

It is observed that when the atmospheric pressure changes, your Arthritis might aggravate. Thus, it becomes important to take precautions during the change of weather.

  1. There is No Cure for Arthritis but Early Diagnosis and Treatment is Necessary

As there are various types of Arthritis and many treatment options, it’s important to be properly diagnosed and treated early in the course of the disease. Delaying diagnosis and treatment may allow Arthritis symptoms to worsen and cause permanent joint damage. You may consult one of our doctors for free consultation!

  1. Movement and Exercise Can Help

It is generally seen that people who remain active are far better off than those who lead a sedentary lifestyle. Following an exercise routine specific for the affected joint may help facilitate movement.

  1. Relieved by Hot and Cold

Both the extremes of hot and cold fomentation can help addressing Arthritis to some extent. It depends upon the duration of pain and swelling for determining whether hot or cold compress would help. Find out what should you use from one of our doctors. Please click here to consult.

  1. What You Eat Matters a Lot

Regular exercise, maintaining your ideal weight, stress reduction, being a non-smoker, and getting sufficient, high-quality sleep are all important for living well with Arthritis. According to Ayurveda, Arthritis is cause due to Vaat (gases) in the body. Thus, to reduce Vaat, anti-inflammatory foods should be included. Discuss in detail with our Doctor and Nutritionist now.

  1. Supplements May Help

Most of the people opt for pharmaceuticals. But it is important to know that natural supplements and herbs can help with no side effects; isn’t that great..? Biogetica has a few natural supplements that can help improve the functioning of joints and provide relief. To know more about the supplements that can help you, please contact one of our doctors. Few of the natural supplements for improving joint health are listed below: