Different Types of Arthritis Pain & Their Treatment

Different Types of Arthritis Pain & Their Treatment
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Arthritis mainly affects people of age above 50. It classifies hundreds of disorders involving inflammation, and damage joints, tissues around the joint, and other connective tissues. In this blog, we will understand different arthritis types and their treatments

What is Arthritis?

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a disease that damages the joints in the body. Some joints naturally damage as you grow older. Some people develop arthritis after injuries that damage a joint. Moreover, arthritis can also be caused due to certain health conditions. It can affect any joints in the body, but in most cases: hands and wrists, knees, hips, feet and ankles, shoulders, and lower back are affected. 

The doctor will help you find ways to manage pain and stiffness. Some people with severe arthritis eventually need surgery to replace their affected joints.

Types of Arthritis

Out of a hundred types of arthritis, some common types are mentioned below:

1. Osteoarthritis

This type of arthritis is caused due to wear-and-tear or damage to the cartilage that lines the joint. Due to the worn down of cartilage, the bones rub against each other causing osteoarthritis. It mainly affects the knees, hips, and spine. 

Symptoms

Here are some symptoms that the person with Osteoarthritis may experience:

  • Joint Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling around the joint
  • A reduction in the amount of motion or the range that a joint can move
  • Joint deformity

Treatment Options:

Arthritis has no known treatment, and the cartilage in affected joints cannot regenerate. When you experience symptoms, your doctor will help you in controlling them. Here are some common treatments for osteoarthritis:

  • Medications: Pain relievers like acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen are commonly used. Topical pain relievers such as creams or ointments can be applied directly to the skin over the affected joint.
  • Lifestyle Changes: Excess weight can put pressure on the joints, increasing the chances of osteoarthritis. Thus, weight management is very important. People with osteoarthritis should do some low-impact exercises regularly, such as swimming or cycling. This helps in maintaining joint function and reduces pain.
  • Heat and Cold Therapies: Heat and cold therapies are also considered an option as they help to reduce the pain and stiffness in the joints. Applying a heating pad, or ice packs on affected joints can reduce the discomfort. Before trying these therapies, consult with the doctor or therapist. They will direct you on how to do it and for how much duration.
  • Assistive Devices: Braces or orthotic inserts can support the joints and reduce pain during movement. Moreover, using a walker or cane when walking can help by reducing the pressure on joints. 
  • Complementary Therapy: Therapy such as acupuncture, massage, meditation, and other therapies can be done alongside other treatments. 
  • Surgery: Doctors may recommend surgery such as joint replacement (arthroplasty) to those people with severe symptoms of osteoarthritis. 

2. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is different from other types of arthritis. It is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system of the body targets the tissues, causing inflammation. This disease starts developing between 30 to 60 years of age and mainly targets hands, fingers, wrists, knees, ankles, feet, and toes. 

Symptoms

The common signs that people experience with rheumatoid arthritis are:

  • Pain, and swelling in more than one joint
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Fever
  • Stiffness in joints after sitting for long hours or in the morning

Treatment Options

Different treatments can be used to reduce the pain and stiffness in the joints. Treatments that can be used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis include:

  • Medications: Taking Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, corticosteroids, and biologics can help reduce the pain, stiffness, and inflammation in the joints. 
  • Lifestyle Changes: Some changes in daily life can help to manage the symptoms. Changes like consuming foods that are high in anti-inflammatory help to reduce the inflammation and other symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Regular exercise, to avoid gaining weight, leading to less pressure on joints. It is advised that before modifying your lifestyle, consult with your doctor or therapist. 
  • Surgery: Surgeries for knee replacement, hip replacement, or other surgeries are the last treatment option recommended by doctors. Doctors or surgeons may recommend these surgeries, in the case of when no other treatments are working. 

3. Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic Arthritis is a type of arthritis that is connected to skin disease. People with psoriasis or with a family history of psoriasis are at a higher risk of developing Psoriatic Arthritis. 

Symptoms

Psoriatic arthritis targets every joint of the body. The common symptoms include:

  • Pain and Stiffness in Joints
  • Redness or color loss near the affected joints
  • Swelling in fingers and toes
  • Silver or gray color scaly patches on elbows, scalp, knees, and lower back
  • Fatigue
  • Discoloration or pitting on your nails

Treatment Options

Doctors recommend several options for treating psoriatic arthritis. Some of them include:

  • Medications: DMARDs and biologics that target TNF or IL-17 can stop the progression of illness, while NSAIDs can reduce pain and inflammation. In addition, corticosteroids are also used to treat severe inflammation.
  • Heat or Cold Therapy: Heat and cold therapies are also considered an option as they help to reduce the discomfort and inflammation in the joints. Applying a heating pad, or ice packs on affected joints can reduce the pain.  Before trying these therapies, consult with your doctor or therapist. 
  • Physical Therapy: Regular exercising can reduce joint pain and inflammation. Moreover, it helps to improve the functioning of joints and increase flexibility.
  • Lifestyle Changes: Doing activities such as meditation to reduce stress, skincare routines for psoriasis, and regular physical activity are considered effective in treating PsA.

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4. Gout

Gout

It is one of the most painful arthritis types. It generally develops due to the increase in uric acid in your body. Mostly, it affects the big toe but can also affect other joints such as knees, ankles, feet, wrists, and elbows. Gout attacks can happen suddenly at any time, especially at night. 

Symptoms

Some common symptoms that a person may experience during a gout attack, include:

  • Stiffness
  • Severe Pain
  • Discoloration or redness near the affected joints
  • Burning sensation
  • Swelling

Treatment Options

Some common gout treatments that the doctors may recommend are as follows:

  • Medications: NSAID medicines like ibuprofen and naproxen can help in the reduction of pain and swelling. Taking Colchicine and corticosteroids can reduce inflammation. Remember, before taking any medicines, consult with your doctor to avoid any serious problems. 
  • Diet: People with gout should consume foods that consist of low purine content. It helps to reduce the uric acid level in your body. 

5. Ankylosing Spondylitis

This arthritis types affects your spine and sacroiliac joints. The sacroiliac joint is the point where the base of the spine meets the pelvis. People with ankylosing spondylitis find difficulty in moving their hips. 

Symptoms

Some common symptoms include:

  • Pain in hips and buttocks
  • Neck Pain
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rashes
  • Vision problem
  • Stiffness in joints

Treatment Options

The treatments for ankylosing spondylitis include:

  • Medications: Some common medicines such as NSAIDs, Biologic DMARDS, and Corticosteroids are recommended by doctors to reduce pain and stiffness in joints. 
  • Exercise: Regular exercise can help in reducing pain. Inactive people experience more severe symptoms compared to active people. Consult with your doctor or therapist, they can recommend some simple stretches and exercises to manage the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis. 

Conclusion

arthritis treatment in homeopathy

For people with arthritis, there are several ways to reduce pain and enhance the quality of life, starting from medicines and lifestyle modifications to physical therapy. Developing a customized treatment plan with the help of medical professionals is essential for the best management of arthritis pain.

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