Arthritis

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    Leaky Gut Syndrome can be caused by the treatment for another disease. In rheumatoid arthritis, for example, the drugs used to relieve pain and inflammation can damage the intestinal lining, leading to Leaky Gut Syndrome within two weeks. Leaky Gut Syndrome, in turn, is associated with aggravation of arthritis.
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    For many individuals, arthritis is a chronic disease that can certainly impact quality of life. It may contribute to feelings of depression. If you are feeling depressed, see your family physician and let him or her know.
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    Arthritis can affect the body in many ways. It strikes your joints, the space between bones, which are held together by muscles, ligaments and tendons. A smooth substance called cartilage coats your joints and helps them gliding easily over each other. It protects the bone from grinding down. If you have a type of arthritis called osteoarthritis, the cartilage grows damaged. 

    Arthritis most often affects:
    • joints that support weight, like your hips, knees and spine
    • joints that are frequently used throughout the day, such as your fingers, arms and feet
    Arthritis causes long-term inflammation of your joints. Over time, this causes further damage to your cartilage and causing bones to press on each other directly. Considering that each bone has many nerves on its surface, bones rubbing together can lead to excruciating levels of pain.

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    Arthritis is not a normal part of aging. Many people think that arthritis is just about the aches and pains associated with getting older. That’s far from the truth. Arthritis is not just a disease that affects older people. Two-thirds of individuals with arthritis are under the age of 65, including an estimated 300,000 children.
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    There are many different types of arthritis. Different types have different treatments. It is important that you see your doctor to have your arthritis evaluated and treated appropriately.
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    The different types of arthritis are classified into three broad categories. The first type is osteoarthritis, the most common type, and that's just the plain old wear-and-tear arthritis. It's just a plain old wearing out of a joint.

    The second most common type is inflammatory arthritis. This includes rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. These are different. Osteoarthritis is just a mechanical wearing, whereas inflammatory arthritis is actually disease that eats up the joint. It's very important to get a diagnosis early because inflammatory arthritis needs to be treated medically to stop its rapid progression.

    Finally, traumatic arthritis is where a person has trauma to the joint, such as a fracture. It heals, but the joint may not heal perfectly smooth, so it will wear out with use over time. 
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    Causes of Arthritis
    The most common form of arthritis of the hip is degenerative or osteoarthritis. Other problems, such as rheumatoid disease or an injury may also cause breakdown of cartilage and damage the joint.



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    There is more than one kind of arthritis of the knee. The most common type is osteoarthritis due to wear and tear that causes loss of cartilage and bone-on-bone inflammation. Other types of arthritis that can affect the knee are: rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis after trauma, arthritis from hereditary misalignment, arthritis from obesity, and arthritis from infectious, autoimmune or metabolic causes. 
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    Hindfoot arthritis involves pain and stiffness in the joints at the rear of the foot. Arthritis in any -- or all three -- of the joints below the ankle can cause significant discomfort, pain and disability. Function in this area is important as it affects the ankle’s shock-absorbing abilities and may alter a person’s gait.
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    There are a lot of treatment options for people with hip arthritis that don't involve surgery. I always like to begin with physical therapy to increase range of motion and function across the hip. If we can keep the muscles strong, we can reduce a lot of the stress across the joint. We also use anti-inflammatories to reduce hip pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. 

    Another option for people who have arthritis in the hip is to have an intra-articular injection. We do that under a live x-ray. We insert the needle into the hip joint and inject a little dye to make sure we're in the joint. We then inject a steroid with some local anesthetic to give the person relief from their hip pain and inflammation. 

    There are also very important things to do to prevent arthritis within the hip before it develops. Eating healthy is very important for joint nutrition, as well as for weight loss. Weight loss is crucial, because two to three times the body weight is transferred across the hip joint with each step. And that goes up exponentially with high-impact exercises like running. Weight loss of five pounds results in 15 pounds of reduced stress across the hip joint.