Arthritis Pain Relief

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated April 10, 2009)

You often hear about arthritis coming on as one gets older, arthritis as a symptom of growing older. If you're thinking you might have arthritis or fear that you are experiencing symptoms, you need to know what to do. You need to go see your doctor, first of all, because you need a proper diagnosis. Arthritis is painful, and you shouldn't have to suffer with it for so long. Here are a few tips for you to employ as you go about treating your arthritis pain.

Arthritis is connected to joint pan, and so can basically occur anywhere. If you think you're experiencing joint pain, go and see your doctor, because you want to make sure that you have the right diagnosis. Joint pain doesn't automatically mean arthritis—it could mean something worse, perhaps. Doctors know how to correctly diagnose arthritis, and they'll be able to give you the proper treatment and pain relief.

The most common forms of arthritis include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, septic arthritis, and juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Arthritis can also accompany other diseases (hence the need to see a doctor—if you have a disease of which arthritis is a symptom, it's important to identify that disease). Diseases of which arthritis is a function include certain forms of lupus, hepatitis, and lyme disease. There are also diseases that may imitate arthritis: osteoporosis, fifth disease, multiple myeloma, and hypertrophic osteoarthropathy.

You can treat arthritis in many different ways. Treatment depends on the type of arthritis and some treatments include physical and occupational therapies. Other forms of treatment include changes in lifestyle, dietary supplements, and medications. If the arthritis is severe enough, you might need to have a joint replacement surgery (called arthroplasty). If you exercise regularly, you an often reduce the severity of your arthritis; so, if your arthritis permits you to exercise, then you definitely should. Your doctor can also prescribe medications to help you with the pain with your arthritis. There are various forms of medication that perform in different ways, so you need to make sure that what you do take is right for your specific type of arthritis. So, talk to your doctor and you both can determine the best way to approach your arthritis. You don't have to live with arthritic pain!

Author Bio

Charlotte Wood

MORE FROM CHARLOTTE

Save Money and Water When Doing the Laundry

Doing laundry can actually get kind of expensive. This is a pain to have to deal with, but fortunately there are ways to cut ...

Discover More

Are High Heels for You?

High heels can be a great fashion addition and can really add sophistication to any outfit, but you may not really like high ...

Discover More

Getting Debt Relief

Debt relief is one thing many people desperately want. Debt is a heavy burden and it's hard to see the way out sometimes. If ...

Discover More
More Health Tips

Homeopathic Treatments for Arthritis

Arthritis happens and it hurts! If traditional treatments aren't working for you, the you might want to try some homeopathic ...

Discover More

Herbal Treatment for Arthritis

Arthritis is a painful joint disease that plagues millions of people on a daily basis. Scientific advancements have developed ...

Discover More

Treating Psoriatic Arthritis

Sufferers of the skin disorder Psoriasis may also potentially develop Psoriatic Arthritis. If you experience any ...

Discover More
Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 7 + 5?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)