ARTHRITIS

CAUSES – There are different forms of arthritis. Causes include injury (leading to osteoarthritis), metabolic abnormalities (such as gout), hereditary factors, the direct and indirect effect of infections (bacterial and viral), and a misdirected immune system with autoimmunity, such as in rheumatoid arthritis.

TREATMENT – Treatments available include physical therapy, splinting, cold-pack application, paraffin wax dips, anti-inflammatory medications, pain medications, immune-altering medications, and surgical operations. Acupressure and acupuncture is found to effective for rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis for several weeks.

PREVENTION – There is no real way to prevent arthritis.

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