First let us understand what arthritis is. Arthritis is any disease that includes joint pain and joint degeneration. Over time arthritic condition causes permanent damage to joint and in more severe cases cause disability. But also in more minor cases there may not be obvious symptoms until it is too late to stop irreversible damage. With a brief understanding of the most common type of Arthritis maybe you can prevent you and your loved one from becoming.
Unfortunately there is one type of arthritis that cannot be prevented, this is rheumatoid arthritis. This disease of a genetic disorder in which the body’s our immune system attacks itself. More specifically, the body is attacking its’ own joints. The most common symptoms of this disease are joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of mobility. Rheumatoid Arthritis commonly affects the joints of the hand, specifically the fingers and wrists. Unfortunately R.A. can affect any joint in the body. 1.3 million Adults in the U.S. suffer from R.A.
Another severely painful form of Arthritis is call Gout. This is a form of the disease that causes painful joint swelling due to poor diet. Certain foods contain larger amount of a compound call Purines. When these foods are consumed in higher quantities your body can’t process all of them properly and they are stored in the joints. At this point, the body has a similar reaction as R.A. where the body attacks its own joints. The joint classically affected is the big toe, but can cause extremely painful joint swelling in many different parts of the body, such as the knee and shoulder. Food that are high in Princes are; red meats, turkey, beer, wine, and cheeses. An excess of these foods will lead to a development of this disease, which is why Gout use to be referred to as “the disease of kings”. Unfortunately, this preventable condition is becoming more and more common. Painfully gout is suffered by 3 million adults in the U.S..
The third reason for the development of arthritis is the most common, but fortunately is the most preventable and easiest to get under control if it is caught early enough. This type of arthritis is called Osteoarthritis. Despite commonly having the reputation of being a disease of the elderly and caused due to genetics, both couldn’t be farther from the truth. Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear to joints anywhere in the body due to abnormal stress put on theses joints. This abnormal stress can be caused by a traumatic injury improperly healing, poor posture, chronic spinal misalignments, and repetitive actions. Unfortunately, osteoarthritis begins months, sometimes years before symptoms present. But fortunately, the causes listed above can easily be treated before severe arthritic damage can occur. Osteoarthritis affects 27million adults in the U.S.
A proper evaluation and assessment with your Chiropractic physician can help to diagnosis and prevent you from becoming another statistic.