Maybe you’ve done some research at the library or done some online research and you’ve traced the source of your sore knees, ankles, wrists, or fingers to joint inflammation. But now that you know that you are dealing with inflammation in your joints, what does this really mean? Well joint inflammation can be an indicator and symptom of a range of different conditions and diseases.
In order to treat your joint discomfort and soreness, you need to do know what is causing the stiffness, aching, discomfort, swelling and redness. In this article, we take a look at some of the reasons why you might be dealing with joint inflammation. Of course, please do not use this article to self-diagnose yourself – visit your family doctor to get a professional diagnosis for your joint inflammation.
This disease causes the skin to be hard and thick and impacts more than 16,000 Canadians. Scleroderma typically affects people aged between 30 and 50 years old and women five times more than men. With localized scleroderma your joints and muscles can become sore, inflamed and affected. With generalized scleroderma your internal organs including your skin, heart, lungs and kidneys are impacted.
This condition is the inflammation of your bursa – this is the sac that provides cushioning in your joints. Typically you’ll have bursitis after over-use, most often occurring in your elbows, shoulders and hips. When the bursa sac is inflamed your joints will be discomfortful and sensitive.
With 1 in 30 Canadians dealing with gout this is a very common condition. When uric acid accumulates in your body you can end up with crystals and deposits in your joints. These deposits result in joint inflammation and swelling. Typically gout affects the big toe but other joints including your ankles, feet, knees, hands, wrists and elbows can be impacted by this gout-related joint inflammation.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
This condition often affects people who complete repetitive motions such as typing at a keyboard or manual hand operations. When too much pressure is placed on the median nerve on the underside of your wrist, discomfortful inflammation and swelling can occur. For some people they will experience tingling in their fingers, hand weaknesses, numbness and constant discomfort. CTS can be treated with medications, anti-inflammatory supplements and in some extreme cases with surgery. It also helps to rest your wrists and give your hands a break from repetitive motions.
This is a disease that affects women more than it does men and symptoms include joint inflammation, fatigue, swelling, chemical sensitivities, weakness and memory loss. Those with fibromyalgia report having discomfortful and sore joints, muscles and ligaments – making it hard to complete even the most basic of tasks. There is no cure for this disease but with a healthy diet, exercise, rest, medication and natural supplements – many people find they can reduce the inflammation in their bodies and ease their symptoms.
One of the most common diseases for Canadians, arthritis does cause severe joint inflammation and discomfort. Most people will in their lives experience some kind of arthritis discomfort with the most common type being osteoarthritis. Many people with arthritis find that they can get relief from the joint inflammation with natural supplements that help reduce inflammation, drugs designed to reduce inflammation and by maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle.
There is a range of diseases that fall under the lupus category with the most common punctuated with inflammation and damage in the joints and other connective tissue including muscles and ligaments. With this disease, the body’s immune system has attacked healthy tissue and results in an inflammatory reaction in the body. This inflammation can result in severe discomfort, fatigue and devastation of joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and even internal organs. While there is no known cure for lupus, many people find relief with focusing on reducing the inflammation in their body – this can be done with diet, supplements, and avoid chemical and toxic material exposure.
This condition refers to the inflammation of the tendons and is indicated by discomfort and soreness where the tendon attaches to the bone. This can occur at around any joint in your body but typically affects your shoulders, knees and elbows. Often this condition comes from over-use of the joint, hence the common names of tennis elbow, jumper’s knee or pitcher’s shoulder. Rest, ice, physiotherapy, and reducing the overall inflammation in your body can help you recover from this condition. If left untreated, tendonitis can become chronic and debilitating.
Living with Your Joint Inflammation
Depending on the reasons for your joint inflammation, your doctor and other healthcare professionals will recommend a range of treatments. One thing that is common through-out all of these conditions and diseases though, is working to reduce the overall inflammation in your body. When your joints, organs, skin, muscles, tendons or ligaments are inflamed this can mean that you have overall body inflammation.
By reducing this inflammation you can get relief for your discomfortful joints, there are many ways to do this but one of the most common is with natural supplements that allow the body to naturally detoxify itself and reduce the inflammation.
Along with taking a supplement, you can take a close look at your diet and make some adjustments. Some people may have food sensitivities to things such as gluten and dairy that is causing inflammation in the body. As well by ensuring you drink eight glasses of water a day and eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables a day, you can help your body heal itself. With natural supplements and a healthy diet that provides you with antioxidants and healthy essential fatty acids, you can heal your body the natural and safe way.