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itself and not rob from other parts of the body to get its nutritional needs
met, which is how something else will go wrong with your body, by losing those
nutrients that are being robbed.*
Arthritis is a term that
includes at least 25 different ailments; the main symptoms are the inflammation
of the joints, and pain. Arthritis (Osteoarthritis), is much more than just the
deterioration of cartilage, as most people think. Here is the skinny on
Arthritis in a nutshell: Cartilage is the bodies' shock absorber. When the
cartilage breaks down, the bones start to rub together. Muscles however support
the joints, when the muscles get weak they quit supporting the joints, which
leads to tears in the tendons. Bones on the other hand send out spurs and other
odd growths, which cause major discomfort when the cartilage begins to erode.
But when changes in the bone take place first, thus affecting the shape of the
joint, this will trigger a breakdown in cartilage.*
Tendons and ligaments
connect and anchor muscles and bones that provide strength and support for the
joints. When the tendons and ligaments become weak, the cartilage is forced to
bear more weight, thus causing the expediting of the collapsing of the
cartilage. Along with this comes the inflammation, as the cartilage degrades,
immune cells engulf and destroy the dying tissue. In their zeal, they will even
attack the healthy tissue. And if that is not enough to battle, research from
scientists all over the world are finding that over 50% of all people suffering
from arthritis are born with mutations in their genes that control cartilage
formation and destruction, which means that cartilage will be weaker to begin
with and degrade faster than it should. Now they are finding that Arthritis
actually starts with most people in their 20's 30's and 40's.*
With arthritis being
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What Is Arthritis?
The word arthritis
literally means joint inflammation, but it is often used to refer to a group of
more than 100 rheumatic diseases that can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling
in the joints. These diseases may affect not only the joints but also other
parts of the body, including important supporting structures such as muscles,
bones, tendons, and ligaments, as well as some internal organs. This article focuses on pain caused by two of the most common forms of
arthritis--osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.*
What Is Pain Really?
Pain is the body's
warning system, alerting you that something is wrong. The International
Association for the Study of Pain defines it as an unpleasant experience
associated with actual or potential tissue damage to a person's body.
Specialized nervous system cells (neurons) that transmit pain signals are found
throughout the skin and other body tissues. These cells respond to things such
as injury or tissue damage. For example, when a harmful agent such as a sharp
knife comes in contact with your skin, chemical signals travel from neurons in
the skin through nerves in the spinal cord to your brain, where they are
interpreted as pain.*
Most forms of arthritis are associated with pain that can be divided into two
general categories: acute and chronic. Acute pain is temporary. It can last a
few seconds or longer but wanes as healing occurs. Some examples of things that
cause acute pain include burns, cuts, and fractures. Chronic pain, such as that
seen in people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, ranges from mild
to severe and can last weeks, months, and years to a lifetime.*
How Many Americans Have
Chronic pain is a major
health problem in the United States and is one of the most weakening effects of
arthritis. More than 40 million Americans are affected by some form of
arthritis, and many have chronic pain that limits daily activity. Osteoarthritis
is by far the most common form of arthritis, affecting over 20 million
Americans, while rheumatoid arthritis, which affects about 2.1 million
Americans, is the most disabling form of the disease.
What Causes Arthritis
Pain? Why Is It So Variable?
The pain of arthritis
may come from different sources. These may include inflammation of the synovial
membrane (tissue that lines the joints), the tendons or the ligaments, muscle
strain, and fatigue. A combination of these factors contributes to the intensity
of the pain.
The pain of arthritis
varies greatly from person to person, for reasons that doctors do not yet
understand completely. Factors that contribute to the pain include swelling
within the joint, the amount of heat or redness present, or damage that has
occurred within the joint. In addition, activities affect pain differently so
that some patients note pain in their joints after first getting out of bed in
the morning, whereas others develop pain after prolonged use of the joint. Each
individual has a different threshold and tolerance for pain, often affected by
both physical and emotional factors. These can include depression, anxiety, and
even hypersensitivity at the affected sites due to inflammation and tissue injury.
This increased sensitivity appears to affect the amount of pain perceived by
the individual. Social support networks can make an important contribution to
* Below is information
and breakdowns and frequently asked question that are a must read for all who
suffer from any arthritic discomfort of any kind:
Osteoarthritis is the
most common form of arthritis in the United States, affecting millions of
Americans. In osteoarthritis, cartilage (the tissue that covers and protects the
ends of bones) gradually deteriorates, causing pain, inflammation, and stiffness
in the joints of the knee, hip, back, hand, or wrist. A variety of factors can
increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis, including:
Age: Age is the
strongest risk factor for osteoarthritis. Although osteoarthritis can appear in
young adulthood, you're at higher risk if you're over 45.
is more common in women than in men. Heredity People who are born with
defective cartilage or with joints that don't fit together properly are more
likely to develop osteoarthritis.
Joint injury or overuse
traumatic injury to the knee or hip increases your risk for developing
osteoarthritis in those joints. And joints that are used repeatedly in certain
occupations or sports may be more likely to develop osteoarthritis because of
injury or overuse.
excess weight during or after midlife is the strongest risk factor for
osteoarthritis of the knee.
changes the normal structure and function of cartilage, making joints more
prone to develop osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis usually begins in the cartilage
of a joint and can gradually affect the bone and soft tissue surrounding the
joint. As cartilage breaks down, the body tries to repair the damage by making
new bone. The ends of the bones in the joint thicken, and the new bone can
result in obvious lumps, especially around the small joints of the hands.
Rheumatoid arthritis is
thought to be an autoimmune disease, meaning that the body's own immune system
attacks the joint. The resulting inflammation causes the characteristic pain,
stiffness, swelling, warmth, and redness. The affected joint may also lose its
shape, resulting in a loss of normal movement.
In adult rheumatoid
arthritis, symptoms can appear and disappear repeatedly over time. In some
people, rheumatoid arthritis may affect other parts of the body in addition to
the joints, including the blood, the lungs, and the heart. People with
rheumatoid arthritis may also suffer from appetite loss, fever, and lack of
energy, and lumps of tissue may form under the skin.
which is limited to the joints, adult rheumatoid arthritis can affect the
entire body. Typically, the first symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are fatigue,
soreness, stiffness, and aching. The wrists, hands, and feet tend to be most
affected, but the elbows, shoulders, neck, knees, hips, and ankles can become
painful as well.
affects millions of Americans. Like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis occurs
more frequently in women than in men. Adult rheumatoid arthritis can occur in
people in their 20s and 30s, though it appears more commonly in those over 45
years of age.
Researchers now believe
that treating rheumatoid arthritis early and aggressively not only may control
joint pain, inflammation, and stiffness, but also may slow the progression of
Your credo is simple: An
active life is a full life. Whether your passion is for hiking, cycling,
running, or just enjoying a game of hoops, you know that knee pain can keep you
on the sidelines. And that's not your style. But you can do something about it.
Step one: Learn the cause.
Is my knee pain due to
Knee pain can have many
causes, including injuries such as torn ligaments. Knee pain also can be a
warning sign of arthritis. You may have arthritis of the knee if you experience
any of the following: Pain, achiness, stiffness, and/or swelling in the knee;
you may have pain all around the knee or just in one particular place. Reduced
knee motion, Morning stiffness that lessens after moving around.
The knee joint is the
junction of three bones-the thighbone, the shinbone, and the kneecap.
Here is what you can do
to help this process of healing your knee:
In the meantime, you can
take these steps to minimize your knee pain and lessen the chance of injury:
· Balance rest and activity. Keep using your knee, but rest it when
it becomes painful. Fatigue or a pressured pace may increase the risk of
accidents. Rest when you can, and give yourself a break.
· Keep the knee warm. Warmth can help relieve pain and stiffness. A
hot bath or hot-water bottle can bring relief.
· Distribute the pressure. Carry heavy loads close to your body,
using both hands if necessary.
· Move the knee. Make sure you don't keep your leg in the same
position for long periods of time. Doing so may ease your pain for a while, but
if you do it regularly, it will weaken the leg muscles.
· Cushion the knee. Wear well-fitting training shoes as much as
possible for shock absorption.
· Be prepared. Keeping fit is important for everyone, including
people with arthritis. Talk to your doctor about an exercise program that's
right for you.
· Plan ahead. Consider the time and energy you'll need for any task.
Organize your activities. Have the tools for each job conveniently at hand.
What is arthritis of the
Arthritis of the knee is
most often osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease in which cartilage in the
joint gradually wears away. Osteoarthritis of the knee may be caused by
everyday "wear and tear," as well as by excess stress on the joint,
as from repeated injury or being overweight. Osteoarthritis also progresses
more quickly in knees that are stressed by misalignment.
Rheumatoid arthritis is
an autoimmune disease that also can affect the knees. In rheumatoid arthritis,
the joint becomes inflamed and cartilage may be destroyed. Both knees are
Hip pain can keep you
from both the things you need to do and the things you want to do. But you can
do something about it. Step one:
Learn the cause.
Is my hip pain due to arthritis?
Hip pain can be a sign of arthritis.
You may have arthritis of the hip if you
experience any of the following signs and symptoms:
Stiffness in the groin,
buttock, or thigh upon waking
Hip pain that worsens as
the joint is used and subsides with rest
Limping to avoid the
Eventually, resting may
fail to relieve the pain in your hip.
cartilage can cause the bones to rub directly against each other, resulting in
hard bumps, called bone spurs that reduce motion and cause pain.
The hip joint is the
ball-and-socket structure that gives us the ability to walk.
What is arthritis of the
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis of the hip. It occurs when
the smooth cartilage that covers the hipbone and the head of the thighbone
thins out, increasing joint friction. Joints that are used often, such as the
hip, are generally more prone to becoming arthritic. And arthritis in a
weight-bearing joint such as the hip, spine, or knee tends to be more painful
than in the wrist or hand.
It's a sure thing that
hand and wrist pain keeps you from playing your best game. You can't give it
everything you've got if your hands won't let you.
Want to get a grip on the problem? The first step is to learn the cause.
Is my hand pain due to arthritis?
· Pain in the joints of the hand or the wrist can be a sign of arthritis.
The joints in the hand and wrist that are used often are sometimes prone to
wear-and-tear, which may lead to osteoarthritis. You may have arthritis of the
hand or wrist if you experience any of the following symptoms:
· Pain, stiffness, and/or swelling in the hand or wrist
· Tenderness or warmth in the joints of the hand or wrist
· Diminished grip strength
· Wrist weakness
· Knuckle pain
· Reduced hand or wrist motion
· In some cases, osteoarthritis can lead to the formation of bony
nodules at the affected joints. The hand and its fingers contain 27 bones,
which come together to form several different types of joints glossary-1003.asp
What is arthritis of the
hand or wrist?
rheumatoid arthritis are the most common forms of arthritis of the hand or
wrist. Like osteoarthritis in any other joint, the smooth, protective cartilage
of the hand or wrist bones can wear thin from injury or overuse, causing pain,
stiffness, and weakness. Osteoarthritis of the hand appears primarily in three
places: The base of the thumb, where the thumb and wrist meet, the middle joint
of a finger and the tip of a finger.
In contrast to
osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis usually affects many joints on both hands,
although it's most common in the wrist and knuckles. In rheumatoid arthritis,
the lining of the joints swells and may stretch the ligaments so the joints
lose their strength and stability. Rheumatoid arthritis can also affect
tendons, further compounding the loss of joint function.
How Can You Cope With Arthritis Pain?
The long-term goal of
pain management is to help you cope with a chronic, often disabling disease.
You may be caught in a cycle of pain, depression, and stress. To break out of
this cycle, you need to be an active participant with the doctor and other
health care professionals in managing your pain. This may include physical
therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, occupational therapy, biofeedback,
relaxation techniques (for example, deep breathing and meditation), and family
Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases Center at Stanford University, supported
by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
(NIAMS), has developed an Arthritis Self-Help Course that teaches people with
arthritis how to take a more active part in their arthritis care. The Arthritis
Self-Help Course is taught by the Arthritis Foundation and consists of a 12- to
15-hour program that includes lectures on osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis,
exercise, pain management, nutrition, medication, doctor-patient relationships,
and nontraditional treatment.*
Things You Can Do To Manage Arthritis Pain:
· Eat a healthy diet.
· Drink Lots of water.
· Take your supplements methodically. The same time every day.
· Get 8 to 10 hours of sleep at night.
· Keep a daily diary of pain and mood changes to share with your
· Choose a caring physician.
What Research Is Being Conducted on Arthritis Pain?
The NIAMS, part of the
National Institutes of Health, is sponsoring research that will increase
understanding of the specific ways to diagnose, treat, and possibly prevent
arthritis pain. As part of its commitment to pain research, the Institute
joined with many other NIH institutes and offices in 1998 in a special
announcement to encourage more studies on pain.
At the Specialized
Center of Research in Osteoarthritis at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical
Center in Chicago, Illinois, researchers are studying the human knee and
analyzing how injury in one joint may affect other joints. In addition, they
are analyzing the effect of pain and analgesics on gait (walking) and comparing
pain and gait before and after surgical treatment for knee osteoarthritis.
At the University of
Maryland Pain Center in Baltimore, NIAMS researchers are evaluating the use of
acupuncture on patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. Preliminary findings
suggest that traditional Chinese acupuncture is both safe and effective as an
additional therapy for osteoarthritis, and it significantly reduces pain and
improves physical function.
At Duke University in
Durham, North Carolina, NIAMS researchers have developed cognitive-behavioral
therapy (CBT) involving both patients and their spouses. The goal of CBT for
arthritis pain is to help patients cope more effectively with the long-term
demands of a chronic and potentially disabling disease. Researchers are
studying whether aerobic fitness, coping abilities, and spousal responses to
pain behaviors diminish the patient's pain and disability.
on arthritis pain also includes projects in the Institute's Multipurpose
Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases Centers. At the University of California
at San Francisco, researchers are studying stress factors, including pains that
are associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Findings from this study will be used
to develop patient education programs that will improve a person's ability to
deal with rheumatoid arthritis and enhance quality of life. At the Indiana
University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, health care professionals are
looking at the causes of pain and joint disability in patients with
osteoarthritis. The goal of the project is to improve doctor-patient
communication about pain management and increase patient satisfaction.
The list of pain studies
continues. A NIAMS-funded project at Stanford University in California is
evaluating the effects of a patient education program that uses a book and
videotape to control chronic pain. At Indiana University in Indianapolis,
Institute-supported scientists are determining whether strength training can
diminish the risk of severe pain from knee osteoarthritis. And a multi-center
study funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
and NIAMS, and coordinated by the University Of Utah School Of Medicine, is
investigating the effects of the dietary supplements glucosamine and
chondroitin sulfate for knee osteoarthritis.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: When I play basketball with the guys from work on the weekends, I pay the
price afterwards. My knees are really achy. I keep telling myself it was just a
tough game, but could it be arthritis?
A: This symptom may
represent strain on the soft tissues surrounding the joint, but it may also
represent the early stages of osteoarthritis (OA). If this symptom persists or
worsens, or if the knees become swollen, it would be wise to consult with your
Q: My neighbor lost 20 pounds and said her arthritis went away. Is that
A: Weight loss can
reduce your risk of developing osteoarthritis, slow the progression of existing
disease and reduce the symptoms of existing disease. Your neighbor's arthritis
did not go away, but her symptoms may have lessened significantly or
Q: I'd swear my shoulder can tell me when it's about to rain. Does the weather
really affect arthritis?
A: The pain and
stiffness of osteoarthritis are frequently worsened in cool, damp or rainy
weather. This association is blamed on atmospheric pressure changes that alter
the pressure within a person's joints.
Q: My father had painful arthritis in his hands for as long as I can remember.
Does this mean I'm going to get arthritis, too?
A: A study published in
the British Medical Journal in 1996 demonstrated that the chance of inheriting
OA of the hands may run as high as 65 percent. However, there are likely to be
multiple genes involved as well as environmental factors, so I would not
consider this to be a foregone conclusion.
Q: I am in my late 20s and have recently noticed that my joints crack a lot
more than they used to. Why might this be happening? Is it age-related? Can you
recommend any dietary supplements or exercises that would help?
A: Cracking and popping
of joints is actually normal and nothing to be concerned about. Strangely
enough, the exact reason joints pop and snap is not totally understood. One
theory is that the ligaments (tethers that hold the bones together) make these
noises as they get tight rapidly when the joint is moving. In some instances,
popping may be due to a tendon snapping over or around the joint. Another
theory is that nitrogen bubbles in the fluid inside the joint are rapidly
brought into or out of solution when the joint is manipulated, such as cracking
the knuckles in the hand. Whatever the cause, these sounds do not need to be
specifically treated. There are no long-term silencing of these noises, and
there is no basis for the admonition to not crack your knuckles because it can
lead to arthritis. There are no supplements or exercises to prevent these
noises. The only time to worry about cracking or popping of a joint is if there
is pain when the joint pops. Swelling is not normal and should be evaluated if
it accompanies the noises. If the joint gets locked or stuck when it pops or
cracks, then it may indicate a joint problem that should be evaluated.
Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT)*
With the ever increasing interest on
how to overcome the limitations of living with osteoarthritis, particularly
with two major prescription drugs (Vioxx and Bextra) removed from the market,
two long-anticipated major clinical studies have recently found that
Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate work better than common pain killers.
"GAIT"(Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial), after
five years of recruiting, testing and analyzing, reported that the combination
of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate is effective in treating moderate to
severe pain due to osteoarthritis.
Under the direction of the NIH
(National Institutes of Health), one of the world’s foremost medical research
centers, 13 highly prestigious research universities in the United States
performed this randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled,
parallel assignment efficacy study on over 1,500 osteoarthritis sufferers.
For 24 weeks, each participant was given a daily dose of either:
--some combination of both
--200 mg of the prescription painkiller Celebrex®
--or a placebo
All patients' pain levels were
evaluated at the beginning of the study and again at the end of the four weeks.
The Glucosamine and Chondroitin combination was found to significantly reduce
pain compared to placebo AND Celebrex® (celecoxib), using the WOMAC Pain Index
(Western Ontario and McMaster Osteoarthritis Index). This study was done using
taxpayer’s, not manufacturers, dollars.
Unum-in-Die Efficacy (GUIDE)
At about the same time the
University based GAIT study results were released in the United States, an
independent Hospital based European study (known as the GUIDE study) released
its results. They too, showed the extraordinary benefits of glucosamine.
The Glucosamine Unum-in-Die (Once a
Day) Efficacy (GUIDE) Trial reported that glucosamine might be the preferred
symptomatic medication in osteoarthritis. Dr Herrero-Beaumont of the Fundacíón
Jiménez Díaz in Madrid, found glucosamine to be more effective than
acetaminophen for joint discomfort in a multicenter, randomized, placebo- and
reference-controlled, double-blind study. This means the study was done at
multiple hospitals, randomized to prevent bias, tested against both placebo and
real medications and the doctors did not know who was getting the placebo or
the glucosamine. This was an extraordinarily well designed, multi-million dollar
study and the results speak for themselves.
The GUIDE trial took place in 13
different European hospitals and compared a 1,500mg daily dose of glucosamine
and a much larger 3,000 mg dose of the OTC drug Acetaminophen (commonly found
in Tylenol, Excedrin, and many others) to a placebo in 318 patients. After 24
weeks of monitoring osteoarthritis sufferers, the study clearly showed superior
effectiveness of the glucosamine dietary supplement (even at half the dosage of
acetaminophen) on many levels of discomfort and mobility. The study confirmed
that glucosamine was shown to be more effective than the most commonly used
pain reliever, acetaminophen!
What does this mean for me?
It has taken over five years for the
official results of these well designed studies to finally scientifically prove
the effectiveness of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate. Now that glucosamine
and chondroitin in combination has been shown to work at least as well as
Celebrex or NSAIDS, with a far better safety profile, the question remains - what
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