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Arthritis
 
Standard Definition

Arthritis is a general term to describe joint disease that involves a degree of inflammation. The main types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Each of these have their own detailed information page. The information outlined below highlights the common factors to both types.

 
 
Underlying Disruption in Function

In both types of arthritis there is an excessive generation of free radicals, which in turn damage the cartilage structure, function and capacity for repair. If free radical levels are maintained (as a result of inflammation, infection, poor diet or pollution, for example) cartilage continues to be lost.

Reduction of these free radical promoters (especially inflammation and immune reaction in Rheumatoid arthritis) can result in improvement in symptoms as well as slowing of joint destruction.

Connective tissue repair and remodelling involves proteoglycans, large complex modified sugar molecules that form the framework for collagen and are a key component of the ground substance that helps make up cartilage. Dietary intake of these proteoglycans (known as glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate) has been shown to prevent joint destruction and improve joint function.

 
 
Possible Causes, Triggers & Exacerbating Factors
  • Hereditary factors
  • Wear and tear, trauma to the joint
  • Autoimmune reaction
  • Infections
  • Obesity
  • Food allergy and intolerance
  • Digestive disorders including Crohn's disease
 
 
Common Signs & Symptoms
  • Pain, stiffness and loss of function in joints
  • Joint swelling, heat and nodules
  • Loss of muscle strength, muscle wasting
  • Anaemia
  • Low grade fever, fatigue
 
 
Possible Additional Integrative Medicine Diagnostic Tests

(This is additional information that does not replace nor negate conventional diagnosis. Other tests may be useful depending on the individual circumstance.)

  • Allergy and Food intolerance testing
  • Digestive function assessment
  • Biochemical assessments
  • Vitamin and Mineral assessment
  • Heavy Metal and Toxicity assessment
 
 
Links & Other Information

Contact YourHealth for referenced material regarding this condition, any of the diagnostic tests or therapies mentioned.

 

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