Arthritis is swelling and inflammation of the joints. Specific symptoms vary depending on the type of arthritis, but usually include joint pain and stiffness. Arthritis is a difficult and often long process that is typically diagnosed by a Primary Medical Doctor or Rheumatologist. Arthritis is a chronic issue, treatment is usually based around managing symptoms and minimizing flare ups.
There are 5 types of Arthritis:
- Osteoarthritis – The most common type, caused by normal where and tear of the joints. Common symptoms include pain, stiffness, swelling, redness, and decreased range of motion.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis – An auto-immune disease that causes the body to attack the joints, though it is still unknown why. Flare ups can cause chronic fatigue, intense pressure and pain in the joints, burning sensations, and sharp pain. Rheumatoid arthritis is also known to go into remission for periods of time.
- Psoriatic Arthritis – Another type of auto-immune disease that can affect both the joints and skin. Much like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis can have flare ups that cause swelling and pain in the joints. It can also cause red, thick, scaly, itchy skin. Left untreated, it can cause permanent joint damage.
- Gout – A painful form of inflammatory disease that usually affects one joint at a time. Gout is caused by a build up of uric acid in the blood. It is known to have flare ups, and times of remission.
- Lupus – Another form of auto-immune disease that causes the body to attack it’s tissues and organs. Signs and symptoms are chronic fatigue, fever, joint swelling and pain, skin lesions, and rashes (early signs commonly begin with a “butterfly rash”.)
Depending on the type of arthritis, D’Vida offers a variety of treatments that can be effective in managing the symptoms of arthritis and minimize flare ups.