Arthritis is a common disorder that affects your joints causing pain and inflammation, making it difficult to move or stay active. The disease affects your joints or the areas where your bones meet and move. It is most common in the feet, hands, hips, knees and lower back.
The two common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease usually begins in an isolated joint when the joint surface wears out; found often in the hands, knees, hips, and spine. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand is an autoimmune disease; it is when the immune system malfunctions and attacks the body instead of the disease.
According to Philippine Association for the Study of Overweight and Obesity, around 40 million people have some form of arthritis and most suffer from osteoarthritis which leads to significant deterioration in quality of life.
The main difference between OA and RA is the cause behind the joint symptoms. Here are some of the characteristics of the two most common arthritis:
Treatment varies from one person to the next. Osteoarthritis is not reversible, but the symptoms can be managed.
- Pain medicine – mild pain may be treated with over-the-counter pain medicines.
- Heat or ice – heat may help relax the muscles around the affected joint. Ice can relieve pains and swelling after activity or exercise.
- Weight loss if you’re overweight – weight loss helps reduce stress on your joints. Every pound of body weight lost takes 3-5 pounds of pressure off the lower extremity joints.
- Exercise – strengthening your muscles can reduce joint stress by offloading the joint itself. Movement is the best medicine for osteoarthritis.
- Surgery – if other treatment methods do not lessen the pain in a joint, such as the hip or knee, your doctor may recommend having surgery to replace the joint.
Treatment includes medicine, exercise, and lifestyle changes, which may continue throughout life. Many rheumatoid arthritis medicines have some side effects, regular check up with your doctor is important. Here’s how to improve your life with RA.
- Rest when tired.
- Use splints, cane, walkers, and devices or gadgets to protect your knees.
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Exercise regularly.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
You may also use a topical medication like Pau Liniment to help ease your joint pains
Apply Pau Liniment on the affected area or on your stiff and tired muscles after a day’s work to relieve joint pains, stiffness and fatigue and alleviate backaches, sprains and strains.
Pau Liniment’s PSICAPMO extract is a potent blend of premium herbs gathered and harvested from deep within the Western and Eastern forests. All of its components are well-documented to have pharmacological value with proven efficacy in reducing pain and inflammation by ancient tribes and modern medicine.
Make Pau Liniment your all-day trusted companion to ease your joint problems and movements.