Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Holistic Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment in Scottsdale, Arizona

Arthritis refers to inflammation of joints: the most common types are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Less common types of arthritis may be associated with other conditions that can affect other parts of the body (e.g., psoriasis which affects the skin).

Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by an autoimmune reaction: your body’s immune system “attacks” the lining of the joint capsule (the tough membrane that encloses all joints).

Osteoarthritis is caused by “wear and tear” on joint cartilage, the hard, slick coating on the ends of bones. Long-term “wear and tear” may result in bone opposing directly on bone, causing pain and restricted movement.

With time, joint inflammation may result in damage to the joints. Surgery is often required, and permanent joint disfigurement is possible

Conventional treatment for arthritis may include physical therapy or surgery, and a variety of medications, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, and immunosuppressants. These treatments may have short- or long-term side effects.

For this reason, you may choose to try natural treatment as an alternative to conventional medications, or together with conventional medications in order to decrease the dosages of conventional medications required to manage your arthritis symptoms.

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