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Simple Health Tips for Spondyloarthritis – Inflammatory Arthritis

Debra Murray

  Spondyloarthritis is an inflammatory type of rheumatic arthritis that affects the joints in the spine. This condition can also affect the legs, soft tissues, eyes, and many internal organs. Although medications can be prescribed to block the inflammatory activity of certain proteins that increase inflammatory response, there are some over-the-counter and home remedies you can use to reduce pain and improve movement at home.    NSAIDs  The first line of defense to reduce pain and inflammation of spondyloarthritis is to take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs are available over the counter in products such as ibuprofen or naproxen. However, these NSAIDS often have negative side...

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Health Warning: Dangers of Psoriatic Arthritis

Debra Murray

  Psoriatic arthritis (PA) is a form of arthritis that occurs with the chronic skin condition psoriasis. Symptoms may vary in individuals, and may affect any joint. PA generally affects the skin first, but the symptoms of arthritis may develop before the red and silver scaly patches that generally characterize psoriasis.     What Is Psoriatic Arthritis?    Psoriasis is caused when the body starts attacking its own cells, in this case skin cells. In about 30 percent of all cases of psoriasis, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation, the body's immune system does not stop with attacking skin cells, but...

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Simple Health Tips for Osteoarthritis Sufferers

Debra Murray

  As we age, we often start to feel twinges of pain in our joints, most likely in the hips and knees. Most of the time, this pain is caused by osteoarthritis. When the stiffness and pain start to affect your everyday living, it may be time to do something about it. Following are several tips to help ease the pain of osteoarthritis.    Keep Your Weight in Check  If you are overweight, you are putting extra stress and strain on your knees with every step you take. One of the easiest ways to help relieve osteoarthritis pain in your...

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Breaking Health News: Movement Can Help Relieve Arthritis Pain

Debra Murray

  Individuals experiencing symptoms of arthritis may avoid moving painful joints. However, remaining still can actually make arthritic joints stiffen. As individuals walk or move, the joints develop flexibility and strength. Finding ways to exercise in a safe manner is imperative to help individuals with arthritis feel better.    People who engage in gentle forms of movement such as simple yoga poses, water aerobics or walking also maintain appropriate body weight. Excess weight while walking places an enormous amount of pressure on the hips, knees and ankle joints. Continual intense pressure on joint tissue leads to cartilage breaking down causing...

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Glucosamine Sulfate: Studies on its Efficacy

Debra Murray

  Glucosamine sulfate is a chemical that naturally occurs in the body. It's found in the fluid that serves as the cushioning for joints. Without this fluid, the joints begin to painfully grind against each other, similar to pistons in a car engine that's low on oil. This causes a myriad of symptoms such as joint pain, stiffness and swelling, commonly referred to as arthritis or osteoarthritis. Joint disease can affect any part of the body. Since glucosamine sulfate is found in this fluid, it's a natural conclusion that taking a glucosamine sulfate supplement may alleviate joint disease symptoms and...

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Breaking Health News: Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

Debra Murray

  Osteoarthritis often occurs with aging but younger people can acquire it too. When the cartilage that cushions joint bones becomes worn, it no longer cushions the moving bones of the joint. This condition can cause swelling, stiffness and pain in the joint. A number of treatments are recommended to reduce pain and increase mobility.     What Occurs in Osteoarthritis    Joint cartilage is composed of collagen, water and certain proteins. This cartilage may become damaged by repetitive movement of the joints or injury to the area. In the condition of osteoarthritis, the cartilage that helps to cushion the bones is...

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Health Warning: Avoid the Risk of Osteoarthritis

Debra Murray

  Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition of the joints that occurs from normal wear-and-tear. It generally affects people over the age of 40, causing chronic pain, stiffness and immobility in joints of the ankles, knees, hips, fingers and other areas. Osteoarthritis problems often have their genesis earlier in life. You can avoid the pain of osteoarthritis with proper care of minor injuries when they occur.     What Happens in Osteoarthritis?  Osteoarthritis begins when the cartilage wears away and is no longer available to provide the cushioning for joint bones. The bones become gradually more misaligned, leading to poor function and...

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Nature’s Secret: Pure, Prime Emu Oil

Debra Murray

  Treat Yourself to the Best Natural Moisturizer for Skin  Save money and forget about abrasive skin peels and microdermabrasion treatments. Like our skin, emu oil contains no phospholipids. A moisturizer with phospholipids is rejected by the skin so part of the moisturizer is never absorbed.    Emu oil quickly and easily absorbs through all of the layers of your skin, hydrating even the deepest layers. Over time, it can also help thicken your skin, making it smoother, softer, and suppler.   But it does much more than just moisturize and soften the skin. Emu oil can also improve the appearance of:  Scars  Burns ...

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Dangers of Gout

Debra Murray

  Gout is a condition that affects the joint areas of the body. It is a type of arthritis that can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints. If the problem continues, damage to the joints and tendons can occur and you could experience serious health issues.    The pain that comes with gout can cause serious health concerns. Cardiovascular health could be affected, and individuals could experience depression and weight issues. When people have gout, uric acid levels build up in the joints. The pain and stiffness associated with this can cause health problems.    Patients who have gout in their hips, knees,...

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Simple Health Tips for Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers

Debra Murray

  For those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis pain, there are alternative therapies to treatment with drugs when dealing with the pain, inflammation and stiffness associated with this condition. Alternative therapies and home remedies are generally safer with less risk of side effects when compared to prescription medications.   Exercise Although exercise may be the last thing you want to do when you are feeling the pain and stiffness from arthritis, exercise can be especially helpful at reducing those symptoms while increasing range of motion in the joints. Gentle, stretching exercises often work best, such as t'ai chi, or aquatic exercise,...

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Dangers of Frozen Shoulder

Debra Murray

  Adhesive capsulitis causes pain, stiffness and limited movement in the shoulder joint. The tissues surrounding the joint become stiff, movement in the shoulder becomes painful and difficult and scar tissue forms. Most of the time, the condition occurs slowly, but then, it also goes away slowly over a period of several months or more.   The condition can develop whenever you stop using the joint due to an injury, pain or other chronic health condition. Any type of problem with the shoulder can lead to adhesive capsulitis if you don’t work on maintaining full movement in the joint.  ...

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Dangers of Painful Fingers & Hands

Debra Murray

Anyone who suffers daily from throbbing fingers and hands as a result of inflammation and arthritis increases their risk of experiencing other accidents. Because fingers and hands that hurt and feel swollen have less mobility and flexibility, an individual is more at risk of dropping plates of hot food or hot cups of coffee, causing skin burns. Painful fingers and hands have less ability to grip items firmly and can cause a person to easily lose their grasp on a railing, causing a fall resulting in a sprain or broken bone. Painful fingers and hands can create danger in the bathroom because a person cannot easily grip safety...

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Simple Health Tips for Managing Pain While Traveling

Debra Murray

  The effects of flying and driving for long hours can make anyone feel stiff and sore. Back pain is the most prevalent problem for many travelers. Traveling can especially be a pain if you already have circulation problems, back pain or arthritis. If you take the time to consider these basic travel tips before disembarking on your next long journey you can minimize those aches and pains by a marginal amount.   Only Use Shoes That You Know You Can Rely On Comfortable shoes are vital for people who are flying. It's tempting to go for the cute or...

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