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Managing Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Arthritis can be divided in two categories, Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) are both often misunderstood, misdiagnosed, or even completely untreated. And yet, more than 50 million adults and 300 000 children suffer from some type of arthritis. And yes, while OA and RA are two of the most well known types, there are – as far as we know – between 100 and 200 different types of arthritis.

Most people believe that arthritis only affect older people, and it’s true – to an extent. It’s more common in people over 65. Unfortunately, it can also develop in children, teens and young adults. It’s also more common in women, as well as people who are overweight.

What is Arthritis, and what is the difference between RA and OA?

Arthritis encompasses several different conditions that negatively affect your joins and the surrounding tissue. Joints are places where your bones come together. These include your knees, wrists, fingers, toes, hips, and more.

Osteoarthritis (OA):

This is a very painful and degenerative joint disease. It most often affects the hips, knees, neck, lower back, or small joints of the hands. The most common causes are overuse through repeating a task, playing a sport, or from being overweight. Eventually, this thins and wears away cartilage that cushion the joint bones. The bones start rubbing together, reducing flexibility, developing bony spurs, and causing joint swelling.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA):

This is an inflammatory autoimmune disease. It can involve many joins, such as the fingers, thumbs, elbows, wrists, knees, shoulders, ankles and feet. An autoimmune disease means that your body is attacking its own tissues. The enzymes destroy the linings of joints, causing swelling, stiffness, pain, malformation, and reduced movement ability. It can also have other symptoms, ranging from fatigue and fever, to weight loss, anaemia, bumps under the skin, and eye inflammation. Unfortunately, the cause of this attack is unknown, but there are genetic markets that can increase your risk of developing RA up to five-fold.

How is arthritis normally treated?

Treatments for arthritis consist mainly of pain management and trying to prevent further joint damage. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for arthritis. Most commonly, doctors would recommend the following:

  • Medication: Analgesics, like Vicodin or Tylenol, manage pain, but don’t decrease inflammation. NSAIDs, like Ibuprofen, help control inflammation. Menthol creams can bloc pain signals from your joins, and immunosuppressants can help fight inflammation.
  • Surgery: Replacing your joints with artificial ones are an option, but a costly one. It’s most often used for hip or knee replacements. Smaller joints are just not cost effective. They may, however, perform a joint fusion, locking your bones together until the become a solid piece.

Many medical options are costly, painful, and aren’t always long-term solutions.

How can I manage my Arthritis in a more natural way?

There are ways in which you can manage your arthritis more naturally, without medications or surgical procedures.

  • Diet: Although there’s no specific diet to treat inflammation, there are foods that can reduce inflammation. It’s especially good to eat fish, nuts and seeds, fruits and vegetables, beans, olive oil, and whole grains.
  • Food to avoid: It’s similarly important to avoid certain foods. Nightshade vegetables, like tomatoes, are one of these. Processed foods and pro-inflammatory animal products can make your symptoms worse.
  • Physical activity: Staying active can help reduce the symptoms of arthritis. It also helps with managing your weight, which is also important. However, you have to keep in mind that you need to prevent unnecessary joint stress. Low impact exercises might be a good option, but always check with your doctor. Warm water physical therapy is a great option here.
  • Sleep: Getting enough sleep can be difficult with arthritis. Avoid caffeine and restrict screen time before bed. It’s important to get enough rest to fight fatigue caused by arthritis.
  • Natural remedies: Research and Arthritis organizations recommend a variety of natural products to help with symptoms. Devil’s Claw, rosehip and Boswelia supplements are recommended. Tumeric may also have a benefit, as well as garlic, ginger, black pepper and green tea.

Can Ozone Therapy Help with Arthritis?

Absolutely yes! In fact, there are those who believe that ozone therapy is revolutionizing the treatment of arthritis. Ozone therapy is specifically aimed at relieving the symptoms of affected joints and is one of the most effective therapies available. It reduces pain and inflammation, but also strengthens the immune system. That’s three of the top arthritic qualities covered.

To be fair, arthritis needs multifaceted treatment. Drugs do help in slowing the progress of joint destruction, and also help with pain. Despite the side effects, these drugs are improving. However, ozone therapy does much more than just fight one symptom or another. It improves tissue oxygenation, improves the body’s antioxidant systems, has a disinfectant effect, and helps the immune system combat autoimmune diseases – such as RA.

In some cases, ozone therapy has even made it possible to reduce medication use and boosting recovery time. Many patients who use ozone therapy say that they can get back to living a normal day-to-day life faster with ozone therapy than without it. As a bonus, there are no side effects. It’s quick, painless, and delivers great results.

Do you want to find out if you’re a candidate for ozone therapy for arthritis? Contact us to book a session.

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