Word Arthritis means:
Arthritis is a form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints. The word "Arthritis" is derived from Greek word "arthro-, joint + -itis, inflammation; plural: arthritides."
Rheumatoid arthritis is a disorder in which, for some unknown reason, the body's own immune system starts to attack body tissues. The attack is not only directed at the joint but to many other parts of the body. In rheumatoid arthritis, most damage occurs to the joint lining and cartilage which eventually results in erosion of two opposing bones. Rheumatoid arthritis affects joints in the fingers, wrists, knees and elbows. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs mostly in people aged 20 and above. In children, the disorder can present with a skin rash, fever, pain, disability, and limitations in daily activities.
This is a common collagen vascular disorder that can be present with severe arthritis. Other features of lupus include a skin rash, extreme photosensitivity, hair loss, kidney problems, emotional lability, lung fibrosis and constant joint pain.
Gout is caused by deposition of uric acid crystals in the joint, causing inflammation. There is also an uncommon form of gouty arthritis caused by the formation of rhomboid crystals of calcium pyrophosphate known as pseudogout. In the early stages, the gouty arthritis usually occur in one joint, but with time, it can occur in many joints and be quite crippling. The joints in gout can often become swollen and lose function.
Infectious arthritis is another severe form of arthritis. It presents with sudden onset of chills, fever and joint pain. The condition is caused by bacteria elsewhere in the body. Infectious arthritis must be rapidly diagnosed and treated promptly to prevent irreversible and permanent joint damage. Psoriasis is another type of arthritis. With psoriasis, most individuals develop the skin problem first and then the arthritis. The typical features are of continuous joint pains, stiffness and swelling. The disease does recur with periods of remission but there is no cure for the disorder. A small percentage develop a severe painful and destructive form of arthritis which destroys the small joints in the hands and can lead to permanent disability and loss of hand function.
- In dietary supplementation the Naturopathic practitioners recommend a variety of supplements such as glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate, which are believed to rebuild the cartilage in joints.
- In dietary changes Naturopaths recommend removing foods that contain alkaloids from the diet as they can interfere with joint repair and increase inflammation. Foods in this group include tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers, and tobacco. They also suggest avoiding sugar, dairy products, refined foods, fried foods, caffeine, spinach, asparagus, and rhubarb. They recommend a diet rich in kale, artichoke, celery, turnip greens, mustard greens, lettuce, millet, barley, almonds, black mission figs, cherries, pineapple, blackberries, black currants, limes, olive oil, and gelatin.
- Naturopath also recommend some treatment of arthritis such as; injections of hyaluronic acid, prolozone, Traumeel, or Zeel into the affected joint. Many of these agents act to increase the amount of
lubricating agent in the joint and decrease pain.