Are you among the 20 million people that suffer from arthritis? There are many causes for arthritis so it’s imperative that you see a practitioner that will take the time to understand what caused your arthritis so that they can offer the best treatment option for you.
‘Arthritis’ means inflammation of joints. Most people complain of this in the major load and stress-bearing joints of the body – knees, hips, toes, fingers, spine, shoulders – and attribute it to “getting old.”
In reality, there are many reasons why joint inflammation occurs, and it is important to understand these when choosing your treatment options.
The usual medical approach to any “-itis” is anti-inflammatory medication. Unfortunately, these cause even more serious problems like gastrointestinal bleeding and cardiovascular, kidney, and liver damage. Steroids are another common recommendation. They make you feel better by basically shutting down your immune system. They also actually cause soft tissue and joint degeneration with repetitive use. Sounds like a great idea, right?