The stats on arthritis are startling. Published findings show that there are at least 54 million adults diagnosed with it.
Adults aren’t the only ones plagued with arthritis pain though…
More than 300,000 babies and children also suffer from it.
PLUS, pet owners need to keep an eye on their fur babies, especially their older pets. They too can develop this painful condition.
Luckily, there are ways to prevent arthritis. There are also treatments, both pharmaceutical and natural, that offer relief.
We’re a company that supports natural treatments and preventative measures when possible. We’ll talk more about that later.
First, let’s talk about what arthritis is…
It’s a pretty broad term, to be honest; there are more than 100 different kinds of arthritis. Women are slightly more commonly afflicted than men.
If you have heart disease, diabetes or are overweight, you’re statistically more likely to suffer from arthritis. It’s the most common disability in North America.
Arthritis does not discriminate; all ages and races are subject to it. Symptoms vary but include joint pain, stiffness, decreased range of movement, swelling, etc.
There are a few different kinds of arthritis that are most common, they are:
Degenerative arthritis: Osteoporosis is the most common of these. This is usually when the cartilage is worn away and bones are rubbing together. This can be even more painful than it sounds.
Inflammatory arthritis: You’ve likely heard of Rheumatoid arthritis, as it’s the most common in this category. These occur when the immune system isn’t triggering properly. In this case, joints are targeted with excessive and unnecessary inflammation. This can cause problems not only with your joints, but also other parts of the body, such as your eyes and internal organs.
Infectious arthritis: This is when a virus, fungus or bacteria gets into your system and triggers an inflammatory response. This can become strong enough to cause joint damage. Even if the infection is cleared up with antibiotics, arthritis can become a chronic issue.
Metabolic: Gout is the most common metabolic arthritis. It is caused by a build of uric acid that turns to crystals in your joints, causing extreme pain. It can come and go, but if an effort isn’t made to reduce the uric acid levels, the condition can become chronic.
How to prevent arthritis…
Arthritis is not altogether avoidable, to be honest. However, there are a few measures you can take to prevent or at least to reduce the severity of the symptoms:
- Get to and maintain a healthy weight
- Get enough omega 3 fatty acids (from fish, or perhaps from a supplement)
- Exercise (try for at least 30 minutes a day, and remember to stretch)
- Avoid injury (This might sound silly since no one intentionally gets injured. However, ensuring you lift properly, maintain the right form when exercising, stay hydrated, get enough sleep, etc. are things you can do to prevent injury.)
- Don’t smoke/quit smoking
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet (cut down on sugar, alcohol, and when it comes to preventing gout, avoid purines)
- Do your best to take care of your joints (using a turmeric or curcumin supplement can help with this)
Recognizing arthritis in your pets…
When it comes to people, your doctor can diagnose arthritis. They use your family history, questions, physical exams, and likely blood work and x-rays.
When it comes to pets, you can certainly have a vet do a similar assessment. But, watch for these signs that your pet might be struggling:
- Decreased movement/stiffness
- Muscle atrophy (from lack of movement due to soreness)
- Irritability (as a result of their discomfort)
- Excessive licking, chewing, or biting, sometimes to the point of causing redness or sores
If you notice a combination of these symptoms in your pet, it may be time for a trip to the vet.
There are things you can do to help your furry friend…
Glucosamine is a popular supplement for pets with stiff joints, etc. But, turmeric is also very effective for reducing inflammation and offering relief. Check out this video from Thomas DeLauer and one of his furbabies…
How to treat arthritis…
Treatments will vary depending on the kind of arthritis you’re dealing with. The earlier you can identify and begin treatment for your condition, the better you will fare. When you begin treatment early, less damage will be done.
Treatments can include massage, stretching, exercise, and in many cases, drugs.
There are many foods you can eat that have anti-inflammatory benefits. These include turmeric, ginger, tomatoes, healthy oils, nuts and seeds, fish that are high in omega 3s, leafy greens, and fruit like strawberries and citrus.
Don’t let the pain from arthritis get in the way of enjoying life – take back control and live a long and happy – pain-free life!