What is the best way to treat arthritis & also possible ways to prevent it??

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dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The best treatment for your arthritis depends upon what type of arthritis it is. Many types of arthritis exist, some have relatively minor symptoms and require little treatment, others cause severe inflammation, pain, disability and respond best to more extensive treatment regimens.

Your physican can best assess this disorder and recommend treatment options.

Essentially, arthritis is inflammation of an articulation (joint). A few examples are: Gouty arthritis or gout which is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the blood. Gout is individualized and may be mild or extremely severe. In the worse cases of gout the hands or feet swell up dramatically, the fingers can swell up to 4-5 times the normal size. This causes excruciating pain and immobility of the joints. Several medications are used in the treatment of gout.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, hence nothing can be done to prevent it. RA is a chronic systemic inflammatory response, not just localized in any one joint. Like GA, RA also causes severe signs and symptoms.

Most of us, as we age experience some degree of osteoarthritis. This is a general age related deterioration of the articular cartilage between all bones and joints. This form to may present as a mild or severe case and treatment depends on the severity.

Maintaining good bone and joint health may help to fend off some milder forms of arthritis. Adequate vitamin and mineral nutrition coupled with regular exercise is the best method of prevention.

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Arthritis is a joint disorder featuring inflammation. A joint is an area of the body where two bones meet. A joint functions to allow movement of the body parts it connects. Arthritis literally means inflammation of one or more joints. Arthritis is frequently accompanied by joint pain. Joint pain is referred to as arthraglia.

As with most ailments, it is always best to treat promptly and effectively. Sometimes arthritis can become so bad that it becomes irreversible and harder to manage and treat. Over the counter and prescription medications are often used to treat arthritis. Exercise and physical therapy are also used to help treat arthritis. Sometimes surgery is an option as well. It is always very important that the patient follow the doctors orders in order to prevent it from becoming worse.