It is an accepted fact that old age is ridden with pains in the joints, limbs and back. What is a more perceived norm today, however, is that arthritis has begun to affect even the younger generation alike.
Although arthritis is perceived to be a single ailment, it actually comprises a whole gamut of other conditions. The most common forms of arthritis include osteoporosis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. Another kind that is more popular today is juvenile arthritis which affects children.
The main symptoms of arthritis include stiffness, pain, inflammation and damage to joint cartilage. The resultant of these is weakness, instability and in more severe cases deformities. Some cases of severe arthritis could even interfere with the performance of routine daily activities like climbing up and down stairs, chopping food, and even walking.
Arthritis is treated in different ways depending on the severity, location and type of arthritis. The most common form of treatment advised is a change in lifestyle. Medical and dietary supplements are also prescribed. Replacement of joints may be necessary in some cases where joints have been eroded greatly. Exercise is another form of therapy that has been found not only beneficial in terms of improving the condition of the joints, but also useful in maintaining the health of the joint to check deterioration. Oils have also been found to have a beneficial effect for arthritis. The consumption and local application of marine oils is known to have good results. They not only help in chronic arthritis, but also aid in reducing the inflammation in these areas.
Poor health is no longer the concern of ageing people alone. Those beginning careers and families, people in the prime of their youth and now even children are all targets of ailments that were only confined to the elderly. Changes in the surroundings, lifestyle and food we eat have all brought about new dimensions of ailments for everyone. With some discipline it may be easier to delay the onset of many illnesses. We are the custodians of our own health.