Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Home Remedies for Arthritis Pain

Arthritis is a joint problem which affects people over 50 years of age. But there are instances when people much younger can suffer from the disease. For example rheumatoid arthritis is one type of arthritis  people as young as 40 can get.

The word arthritis is derived from the Greek word ‘arthron’ meaning ‘joint’ and the Latin word ‘itis’ meaning ‘inflammation.’

There are around 100 kinds of arthritis. Listed below are two common types:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis affects the joints in the hips, hands, knees and spine.

A joint is the place in the body where two bones meet. Cartilage is the tough flexible tissue which separates and pads the bones in a joint. Cartilage helps the bones in a joint to move properly and prevents it from rubbing against each other.

Osteoarthritis weakens and damages cartilage. The damaged cartilage will cause the joint to swell and bone spurs to develop. Bone spurs are bony growths which form along the edges of the bone.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis affects the fingers, arms, legs and wrists and if not treated can lead to deformity. 

Rheumatoid arthritis causes the synovial membrane of a joint to swell up. The joint becomes stiff and painful. The synovial membrane is the lining of the joint which secretes synovial fluid.

Synovial fluid acts as a lubricant which reduces the tension between the bones of the joint as it moves. When the synovial membrane gets damaged the joint will be swollen and extremely painful and stiff. Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers will find the pain and stiffness at its worst when they wake up in the morning.

The following are some home remedies used in treating arthritis pain

Sea Salt Treatment

Fill a tub with hot water. Mix 2 tablespoons of sea salt in it. Soak in the water for 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure you move the affected joint in circular motions as you’re soaking in the bath.

If the pain is in the joint of your wrist, fingers or hand you can fill a large bowl with sea salt and hot water and soak the affected area in it instead of filling the tub.

Make sure to apply a cream made especially for arthritis pain on the area once you finish soaking the joint in the hot water and sea salt. This will help relieve the pain to a great extent.

Orange Juice

Drink a glass of orange juice daily. Orange juice is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants which are effective in lowering the risk of osteoarthritis.

Dairy Products

Consume foods and drinks rich in calcium to promote healthy bones and joints. Contact your doctor and ask him to suggest dairy foods which would be ideal for you take and which reduces bone loss.

Exercise is one of the best forms of treatments for arthritis pain because it will make you stronger, flexible and bring relief to joint pains. By doing moderate exercises you will strengthen the muscles and joints in the body. Consult your doctor to find out the type of exercises you can do.

Listed below are a few popular exercises done by arthritis sufferers.
  • Walking
  • Light weight training exercises such as lifting a dumbbell
  • Moving the joints in circular motions for 2 to 4 minutes (wrist joints, shoulder joints, ankle joints, finger joints) twice a day.

© Suranee Perera 2012



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