This is an article about chronic arthritis. It also feature important elements in the treatment of arthritis.
The most common cause of disability and discomfort nowadays is Arthritis. One type of Chronic Arthritis is Rheumatoid Arthritis which involves the joints. So out of eight of your friends one of them have the chance to develop this disability. Disability from person to person varies from trivial and temporary to complete and permanent. The cause of arthritis is still unknown but some believe it to be an autoimmune disorder. Rheumatoid Arthritis affects women more than men between the ages of 20-60 years old, and with the same rate at the age of over 65. The hallmark symptom is morning stiffness lasting more than 3 minutes. After you awaken there is difficulty in moving and generalized stiffness despite morning activity. When you have RA there is symmetrical and equal involvement of your joints. You will feel immobile with presence of inflammation, pain, redness, swelling and heat to the involved joints. The wrist and finger joints are commonly affected. Usually the pain is not only limited to the joints itself but also to your adjacent muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It worsens with bad whether, over exercise and fatigue. The disease is progressive with involvement and permanent results to the joints. Deformity often develops because the joint is held in the position of greatest comfort. Malaise and low grade fever are common during periods of acute joint inflammation. The disease often seems to be influenced by emotional and psychologic factors. The pain brought about by this disease prevents a person from performing activities with ease and normality.
Sad to say, there is still no cure for arthritis only aiming at reducing pain and disability to an individual. A lot of individuals turn to a variety of methods of treatment to seek comfort, reduce pain and preventing further injury. The most important elements in the treatment are general measures, drug therapy, local treatment of joints, prevention of deformity, correction of deformity, and restoration of joint motion.
During acute stages of the attack a short period of bed rest is required. A firm mattress or fracture board should be used. You must be particular with your posture in bed while sleeping. A tight sheet on the ankles is not recommended, nor the knees supported in flexion on pillows. The neck, low back or hips should not be kept in flexed position for long periods. A program of exercises for the bed bound individuals should be performed regularly to prevent the development of contractures. These exercises stimulate cardiac and respiratory function enabling the return to standing and walking after the illness has subsided. Try to ask an expert in this field, about these exercises to ensure safe and effective treatment.