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Arthritis

Western Diagnosis

Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints and is characterized by pain, swelling, stiffness, deformity and/or diminished range of motion.

The two most common forms are arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the result of the deterioration of the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones and is most prevalent in people after forty years of age. It is a degenerative joint disease or DJD that is sometimes caused by injury or a defect in the protein that makes up cartilage. In most cases it is simply the result of aging. When the once smooth surface of the cartilage begins to break down, the surfaces which would normally slide against one another become pitted and irregular. As the tendons, ligaments and muscles that hold the joint together become weaker, the joint itself becomes deformed, painful and stiff. Pain often accompanies osteoarthritis, but there is little or no swelling.

Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis are types of inflammatory arthritis which most commonly occur in people under forty years of age. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body's immune system improperly identifies the membranes that secrete the lubricating fluid in the joints as foreign. Inflammation results, and the cartilage and tissues in and around the joints are damaged or destroyed. In many cases the bone surfaces themselves can be destroyed as well. The body replaces the damaged tissue with scar tissue, eventually causing the spaces between the joints to become narrow at which point the bones fuse together. Rheumatoid arthritis creates anaemia, fever, weight loss, fatigue, stiffness, swelling and often crippling pain.

 

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