Types of Arthritis
Osteoarthritis, which is characterized by a loss of cartilage in the joints, leads to pain and loss of function – primarily in the knees and hips. An estimated 10% to 15% of adults aged over 60 have osteoarthritis, and further research shows that the prevalence of arthritis is a lot higher in women. It is predicted that, by 2020, knee osteoarthritis may well become the fourth leading cause of disability in women and the eighth leading cause in men.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is the next most common form of arthritis. It affects around 400,000 people in Australia, 690,000 in the UK, and a staggering 1.3 million people in the USA. Statistics also reveal that 1% of the world’s population is plagued with this debilitating disease.
Arthritic pain is impossible to ignore. It can be agonising, frustrating and upsetting for many that suffer with it.
For many chronic sufferers of arthritis, NSAID’s, corticosteroids, anti-inflammatories or COX-inhibitors that are prescribed by the conventional medical doctor provide little-to-no pain relief; and various natural remedies, from copper bracelets to fish oil, have proven to have limited effects. No one should have to live with the daily pains of arthritis as it can lead to stress, depression, anxiety and more ill-health!
So why have these arthritis pain treatments failed to provide relief for people suffering from arthritis?
There is no single solution or magic pill for arthritis, or any other chronic disease for that matter. It is important to recognise that there are different types of arthritic symptoms, each requiring a specific arthritis pain treatment plan for effective pain relief.
Sufferers of arthritis may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Aching, dull arthritic pain
- Shooting, burning, pins-and-needles
- Sharp, stabbing pain
- Swollen joint pain
- Red and feels hot to the touch
- Joints crack and pop and are dry but not swollen
- Joints are stiff and swollen and feel cold and clammy
Each symptom provides a clue to how arthritis should be treated. There is no one-size-fits all treatment for chronic arthritis. Therefore, a holistic, personalised treatment plan is essential for sustainable therapeutic outcomes.
Personalised Integrative Healthcare Approach
A structured and personalised Integrative Healthcare approach is necessary to treat chronic arthritis pain. This includes:
- Nutritional Plan
- Physical Activity
- Lifestyle Advice
- Nutraceuticals and Herbal Remedies
- Stress Management Solutions
Using this approach is a real game-changer, but this integrative method relies heavily on the patient/client being an active partner as the client is required to make major long-term lifestyle changes. The personalised treatment plan provides an effective road map for arthritic pain relief. You should also show this plan to your medical practitioner so they can monitor your health with blood and other functional tests, as well as providing any necessary medical intervention.
An Integrated Healthcare approach will not only improve your arthritis but it will also reduce your anxiety and stress levels associated with the pain. You will start enjoying your work and social life as you feel more relaxed – more rejuvenated. You will get more done; you will look healthier and happier. You will be able to walk without pain. You friends will be amazed at how you’ve turned things around. You just wait.They’ll be asking you what your secret is.
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