What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis (rue-ma-TOYD arth-write-tis) is the systemic form of arthritis. It is the second most common type of arthritis and can also cause soreness of internal organs.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) typically affects multiple joints at once. RA is generally a chronic disease that continues to progress and cause pain and suffering.
Unfortunately, there is no known cure. It is the second most common form of arthritis, behind Osteoarthritis. If left untreated, Rheumatoid Arthritis can and usually does lead to permanent disability.
What Are the Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis?
- Joint Stiffness
- Limited Joint Mobility
- Swelling of Joints
- Limited Range-of-Motion
- Loss of Energy
- Loss of Appetite
- Dry Eyes
What Are the Treatment Options for Rheumatoid Arthritis?
- Special diets, Glucosamine and Chondroitin supplements
- MSM and Hyaluronic Acid supplementation
- Stress reduction
- Modified exercise plan
- Scheduled periods of rest
- Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)
- Joint Replacement
- Tendon Reconstruction
- Synovectomy (removal of inflamed synovial tissue)
Precautions with Rheumatoid Arthritis:
It is recommended that you initially utilize natural alternatives to relieve joint pain and stiffness.
Drugs can be beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis in the short-term; however, they may have serious side effects if taken long-term. Surgery should be a last resort!
Always consult with your healthcare practitioner before beginning any treatment protocols.
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