Is There A Cure For Arthritis?
Most of us wish that the answer to this question was a resounding, “Yes!” However, there is a lot of conflicting information available from various companies and products, claiming to have a cure for arthritis.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis. Therefore, the focus needs to switch to prevention and pain management.
Managing Arthritis Pain
The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) addresses this issue quite succinctly:
"It is important to keep in mind that there are many forms of arthritis, and a specific diagnosis of the type you have may help to direct the proper treatment. Although there is no cure for most types of arthritis, early diagnosis and appropriate management are important, especially for inflammatory types of arthritis."
Early diagnosis, followed by lifestyle changes (such as diet and exercise) are the leading ways to effectively manage arthritic pain.
Remission from Arthritis
Many people think that remission from arthritis means that they are cured.
Remission is simply the absence of symptoms.
It does NOT mean that you are cured from arthritis. Remission is possible if the arthritis is diagnosed and treated early. However, according to the American College of Rheumatology, more than 95% of people afflicted with arthritis need to continue taking their medication in order to remain in long-term remission.
Regarding a potential cure for arthritis, renowned rheumatologist, Scott J. Zashin, MD, had the following to say:
"There are many different types of arthritis. When someone speaks about and ‘cure’ for arthritis, you must take into account the type of arthritis. For example, there are several types of arthritis caused by infection, including Lyme disease and bacterial arthritis. Both can be cured by antibiotics. And arthritis due to a virus, such as parvovirus, is a self-limited condition [runs its course without treatment]. Gout is a type of arthritis that can be put into remission by lowering the uric acid enough so that gout crystals do not precipitate in the joints and cause inflammation. Lowering uric acid can be done by avoiding foods high in purines or by medications such as allopurinol. While symptoms may never return, that is not a true cure because if the patient goes off their diet or stops taking medication, the arthritis returns."
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