2020 - Ailments - Arthritis


  • Ailment Info
  • Symptoms
  • Causes
  • Treatments
  • References

Arthritis Overview:

Arthritis is a term often used to mean any disorder that affects joints. Symptoms generally include joint pain and stiffness. Other symptoms may include redness, warmth, swelling, and decreased range of motion of the affected joints. In some types of arthritis, other organs are also affected. Onset can be gradual or sudden.

Treatment can help, but this condition can’t be cured

Requires a medical diagnosis

Lab tests or imaging often required

Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong

Healthy Joint


Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis Symptoms:

General symptoms include pain, swelling, reduced range of motion, and stiffness.

People may experience:

  • Pain areas: in the joints, ankle, back, fingers, hands, muscles, neck, or wrist
  • Pain types: can be intermittent or sharp
  • Pain circumstances: can occur while sitting
  • Joints: stiffness, tenderness, or swelling
  • Muscular: decreased range of motion, difficulty walking, or muscle weakness
  • Hand: bump on the finger or bony outgrowth in fingers or toes
  • Whole body: fatigue or malaise
  • Also common: flare, physical deformity, redness, or stiff neck

Arthritis Causes:

  • Injury
  • Infection, such as Lyme Disease
  • Family history
  • Abnormal metabolism
  • Immune system dysfunction

Osteoarthritis causes cartilage — the hard, slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones where they form a joint — to break down. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease in which the immune system attacks the joints, beginning with the lining of joints.

Uric acid crystals, which form when there’s too much uric acid in your blood, can cause gout. Infections or underlying disease, such as psoriasis or lupus, can cause other types of arthritis.

Arthritis Treatment:

Common arthritis treatment options include:

  • Ibuprofen or naxproxen to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Corticosteroids such as cortisone to reduce inflammation and immune response
  • Physical therapy along with the use of splints or braces

However, these treatments may not be effective or desirable for all, and in many instances an alternative relief option is needed.

For Arthritis pain, we recommend regular application of Topricin Classic.

Arthritis References and Other Information