Suffering from Arthritis is a difficult experience that can have some life-altering physical effects for people. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), Arthritis attacks millions of Americans leaving them with limited mobility, which can be worsened by the seasons. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in America. The reality is that as we age, almost everyone suffers from some type of arthritis, and the most widely recognized cause of arthritis is injury. In some cases, arthritis may take years to set in after an injury. Once it does, it is important to recognize the symptoms and triggers and have proper treatment plans in place for a flare up. The first sign of arthritis usually appears as a dull aching in an area that has been known to be the source of an injury or trauma. If left unchecked over time, the aching can turn into more advanced pain, cramping and stiffness, which can make movement difficult.
I know that for me personally, the biggest effect on my arthritis symptoms can come from weather changes, stress and physical exertion. Since my arthritis is primarily in my hips and spine, the biggest impacts and symptoms include restrictions to my movement and comfort. One of the most Intense symptoms occurs if I sit on a hard surface such as a bench or the ground for more than a few moments. The unbearable pain that can arise from sitting on a hard surface can be debilitating to me for days. Good remedies I have found for this type of arthritis include soaking in a hot tub, using heating packs and pads, and using muscle relaxation ointments, creams and medications. I have had the greatest success from using heat packs daily on the affected areas especially during the colder months of winter.
Another great way to lessen the effects of arthritis is by stretching the injured area gently and finding ways to stimulate the muscles and joints daily, especially during heightened weather. This can be accomplished through ultrasound machines, ointments and tens units. Stretching on a daily basis can also lessen stiff joints and make them more open for clear movement.
One of the worst side-effects of arthritis is that it can make a person look and feel much older because of the stiffness it causes. In addition, arthritis affects many forms of mobility and can be quite expensive to treat. This is because surface treatments usually do little and the pain is unbearable if left unattended. I have found that NSAIDs, while effective, pose numerous potential health risks. Because of this I have often sought out homeopathic remedies as a preferred mode of treatment.