Arthritis is one of the most debilitating diseases around today. One of the main contributing factors to this debilitating disease is a lifetime of moving, which aids in the breakdown of cartilage. Cartilage is very important because it forms a cushion between the ends of bones. Once this process has progressed, you’ll eventually have bone rubbing on bone, which results in pain as well as stiffness in the knees, hips, shoulders, toes, spines and fingers. Unfortunately, 20 million Americans currently suffer from some form of arthritis.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention located in Atlanta, by the year 2020, when the baby boom generation turns sixty years old, it is estimated that almost 60 million Americans will have some form of arthritis.
In fact, they’ll have osteoarthritis, which is the most common form of the disease. As of right now, they’re more than 100 different forms of the disease. Another common form of the disease is rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a result of a mechanical destruction; however, rheumatoid arthritis is a result of an inflammatory process, which doctors attribute to an autoimmune response. This means that your immune system recognizes a part of the body as an intruder and attacks it. However, many natural healthcare practitioners have a very different outtake on what actually causes rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is more prevalent among women and affects about 2 million Americans. Because of the inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis does not only cause pain and stiffness, it also makes your joints red, hot, and swollen. Unfortunately, this form of the disease is not just limited to the joints; it also affects the heart, kidney, eyes, lungs, and other parts of the body.
They’re plenty of treatments on the market to treat the inflammation that osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis produce. However, the most common treatment is the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs also known as NSAIDs. These drugs include ibuprofen, aspirin, Indocin, Aleve, and many others. Taking NSAIDs may help alleviate the pain and some of the symptoms; however, it does not take care of the problem and it could make the disease worse later on.
According to many natural healthcare practitioners, the drugs that are given to over 20 million arthritis sufferers in the United States alone is most likely speeding up the destruction of joint tissue.
The good news is that they’re many natural arthritis remedies – some of which has the power to relieve symptoms as well as reverse them.