By Heartspring Staff . A collection of joint pain topics.
Rheumatoid Arthritis or Osteoarthritis?
- Osteoarthritis - Cartilage breaks down and the bones rub together. The joint then loses shape and alignment. Bone ends thicken, forming spurs (bony growths). Bits of cartilage or bone float in the joint space.
- Rheumatoid arthritis - Inflammation accompanies thickening of the synovial membrane or joint lining, causing the whole joint to look swollen due to swelling in the joint capsule. The inflamed joint lining enters and damages bone and cartilage, and inflammatory cells release an enzyme that gradually digests bone and cartilage. Space between joints diminishes, and the joint loses shape and alignment.
Healthy Joint Topics
Osetoarthritis Treatments Reducing pain and stiffness by addressing underlying synovial joint destruction by Marcus Laux, ND.
Arthritis Exercise Treatments Dr. Susan Bartlett considers how exercise in not dangerous for people with arthritis.
The Truth About Joint Health Dr. Marcus Laux looks at the engineering marvel and breakdown of joints, as well as, drug free solutions for joint inflammation.
Inflammation, Arthritis, Joint Pain Relief Alternative medicine treatments by Dr. Camilla Parr.
Diet and Arthritis
Dietary manipulation provides a means by which patients can a regain a sense of control over their disease. Dietary omega-3 fatty acid supplementation is practical and can be easily achieved with encapsulated or, less expensively, bottled fish oil. University of Otago, New Zealand, Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism. 2005 Oct;35(2):77-94
Fat Balancing Dr. Maffetone tells how to control inflammation by consuming the right ratio of fats, providing a powerful metabolic effect.
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