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Arthritis: Causes, Types and Treatment
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis means the inflammation of one or more joints. Both small and large joints can be affected. It is a painful and immobilizing disease and can occur in males and females of all ages, particularly adults, but rarely in the children. It is not true that arthritis can occur in elderly persons only.
Causes of Arthritis
Exact cause of arthritis still remains unknown. There are many different views but commonly talked about are genetic or hereditary factors, immune system abnormalities, autoimmune disease and association with a particular disease (such as psoriatic arthritis). One opinion about the cause of arthritis is that it occurs due to localized dryness in the joints that reduces their natural flexibility. It happens due to persistent use of incorrect diet.
Symptoms of Arthritis
There are number of signs and symptoms of arthritis, which may vary from person to person but rigidity of joints and painful movement is common in nearly all the cases.
- Pain in joints, which can be worse while at rest, worse on continued motion or beginning of motion.
- Reduced flexibility limiting the movement or in other words rigidity of joints.
- Swelling of joints
- Redness of some or all the joints
- Warmth in few or all the joints
- Deformation of some or all the joints
- Cracking sounds felt on movement of the joints
- Increase in pain during weather changes. Cold and dry weather is generally more troublesome.
All the signs and symptoms associated with arthritis are not present in every case. Some sufferers may have even additional symptoms. Arthritis is slow in development and slow in cure.
There are many types of arthritis (nearly 100 or so) but Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis and Gouty arthritis (referred to as Gout) are more common. Causes, symptoms and treatment of each type are different. Inflammation of a joint may also take place after an injury but this would not be called arthritis in the literal sense. However, if the injury is not cured properly, it may lead to arthritis.
Homeopathic Treatment of Arthritis
Homeopathy has the capability to cure arthritis. The system does not consider it incurable and does not treat by the name of the disease either. There are a number of homeopathic medicines to treat different conditions of arthritis. However, the medicine would be different for each type because symptoms are not exactly the same in every case. Homeopathic system needs to take the case in detail covering physical symptoms, mental and even emotional states, modalities, lifestyle, eating habits, occupational details, family history of diseases particularly related with arthritis and so on. It is the complete and exhaustive analysis of these factors that would indicate the medicine(s) most suitable for the person, which automatically takes care of the underlying cause.