Expert Advice To Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis
Playing games, clicking photos, calling and texting, shopping, ordering food, writing, and so much more is available at the tip of your fingers.
Advancements in technology have only made people lazier even if it is beneficial in many ways, which almost everyone agrees on.
This might have made you immobile and inactive to a great extent. Also nowadays you find people pretty much occupied on their phones that by texting a lot of the time. And if your occupation involves you sitting in a place for a long time, you experience is a pain in the joints.
Immobility or overuse of the joints can lead to joint pain which if not diagnosed or treated in time can lead to Rheumatoid Arthritis. So here’s what you need to know about rheumatoid arthritis.
What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
It is an autoimmune chronic disease that causes pain in the joints throughout your body. It can damage your entire body. If one joint in a leg or arm is affected due to rheumatoid arthritis the same joint in the other arm or leg is prone to get affected.
What Are The Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms?
It is a long-term disease with symptoms of inflammation and pain in the joints. The symptoms can occur in periods known as a ‘flare’. Other than the flares, it is known as periods of remission, in that situation, the symptoms dissipate completely. The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include:
- Loss of joint function
- Loss of range of motion
The symptoms can range from mild to severe. Make sure that you are not ignoring the symptoms if they come and go often.
What Are The Causes?
The exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis still remains unknown. The risk of developing it increases if you have a family member with the same condition. Women are at greater risk of developing it when compared to men.
The factors that trigger the onset of rheumatoid arthritis include:
- Getting exposed to certain types of bacteria like the one that leads to periodontal disease
- Having a history of viral infection like that of mononucleosis
- Trauma or injury
Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment
There is, unfortunately, no cure for this condition yet. But there are treatments which can help you to control the inflammatory pain and to manage it. By using the treatment you can prevent further joint or organ damage. The treatments include:
- Medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, and acetaminophen.
- Home remedies like RICE( rest, applying ice, compression, and elevation)
- Surgeries like arthroscopy and total joint replacement depending on the severity
- Dietary changes
- Physical exercise
The focus of these treatments is to reduce inflammation in joints, prevent joint destruction or deformity, and maximize joint functions. If you are finding that your joints are becoming painful day by day, it is time for you to reach out to a doctor at Dr. Madhu Thumu’s clinic. We will help you in leading an active life by reducing the risk of long-term complications.
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