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									Arthritis is not a single disease. It encompasses about 100 different
conditions, that affect joints and that pose unique problems for
diagnosis and treatment.

Arthritis is the general term given to a number of painful and
debilitating conditions affecting the joints and bones. It is actually
made up of two Greek words: athro - meaning joints; and itis - meaning
inflammation. There are over 100 different types of arthritis. Although
arthritis is normally associated with people in the "baby boomer"
category and older, it can affect people at any age, even children. When
this happens to children it is called Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis,
although it is much less common than Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid
Arthritis.

Common rheumatoid arthritis symptoms include:

   1. low fever;
   2. fatigue;
   3. multiple sore or achy joints;
   4. multiple swollen or inflamed joints - rheumatoid arthritis impacts
the soft tissue surrounding your joints. The tissue surrounding the
joints may be red, swollen and tender when touched;


   5. joint stiffness or reduced mobility - this is typically noticed
first thing in the morning and/or after periods of long rest.

Arthritis is a disease that causes pain and loss of movement of the
joints. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in people over the
age of 55. Arthritis affects the movements you rely on for everyday
activities. Arthritis refers to a group of more than 100 rheumatic
diseases and other conditions that can cause pain, stiffness and swelling
in the joints. There are many forms of arthritis, each of which has a
different cause. Inflammatory arthritis is characterized by inflammation
of tissues associated with joints. Connective tissue diseases, crystal
deposition diseases, infectious arthritis, and spondyloarthropathies are
examples of inflammatory arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic
arthritis are autoimmune diseases in which the body is attacking itself.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammation of the joints. Rheumatoid
arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks
normal tissues as if they were invading antibodies. Rheumatoid arthritis
also causes inflammation of the tissues around the joints and other
organs of the body. The hands and feet are the most affected areas of
rheumatoid arthritis although it can also affect any joint lined by a
membrane. Rheumatoid arthritis is referred to as a systematic illness and
sometimes called rheumatoid disease.



if caught at an early stage the joints can regenerate if aided by
additional protection. This is why it is best to treat horse arthritis in
an early phase to ensure the most effective recovery rate. The main
symptoms of this disease to watch for are as follows: If your horse
hesitates to execute maneuvers that were once routine to him, noticeable
bumps/swelling of the joints in his legs, noticeable grinding of the
joints while you ride or work him out, if you notice that there is a
little puffiness in his leg joints. Sometimes, your horse may exhibit
noticeable awkwardness or difficulty in his gait that might taper off
after a while during the work out.

Arthritis comprises over 100 different diseases and conditions. The word
arthritis means "joint inflammation". When joints are inflamed, it causes
pain and usually also limits movement of the joints that are affected.
For many people, arthritis pain has a large impact on their life.
Arthritis is second only to heart disease as a cause of work disability.
Arthritis limits everyday activities such as walking, dressing and
bathing for more than 16 million Americans.

Some household remedies are known to provide relief from arthritic pains.
The following are some of the more benefiting ones:-
# Applying a paste of limestone and honey on the affected joints
externally provides relief.

# Mash some mustard in warm water and apply this solution on the joints.
This must be done repeatedly to get results.

# Put two teaspoons of cumin into a glass of water. Bring this to a boil.
When the water is still hot, soak a towel in it and foment the affected
region with this towel. This will provide relief from the pain within a
few hours.

# Asafetida mixed with egg yolk can be applied on the affected joints to
seek immediate relief.

Some natural remedies for the treatment of inflammatory arthritis
include:

    * Exercise - a regular exercise regimen helps to avoid stiffness of
the joints associated with inflammatory arthritis
    * Water aerobics - endorphins produced in the brain during water
aerobics can help ease the pain of inflammatory arthritis
    * Valerian - this can be used to treat the pain of inflammatory
arthritis. This natural medication is a known sedative and caution should
be used - some people have experienced withdrawal symptoms when stopping
abruptly.
    * Comfrey - a comfrey salve can be used to reduce the inflammation of
the affected joints

Preventing Arthritis

Some forms of arthritis, such as gout and infectious arthritis, can be
prevented through diet and care. Gout, for example, is often the result
of excessive intake of foods containing uric acid, which result in the
deposition of crystals in the joints. These crystals cause the pain and
inflammation associated with this form of arthritis.

The 3 main components to exercise and arthritis are:
    * Range of Motion (Flexibility)
    * Resistance (Strength)
    * Endurance (Cardiovascular)




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