Did you say rheumatism?
Young people suffer from it too!
Nothing is more common than suffering from rheumatism.
More than 12 million people are affected in France, one in five Belgians is a victim.
It is not about a particular disease but about a whole set of pathologies more than 200 which affect the mobility of the individuals.
Rheumatism affects the joints. This is his main danger. But it can also affect tendons and bones. It can even affect the kidneys, heart, skin and become systemic.
It affects older people more, but it is a mistake to reduce rheumatism to damage caused by aging of the skeleton. Because it also often affects young people or even children.
Preserve your joints
Walking, running, bending all these daily gestures are only possible thanks to the joints.
The joints bring the human skeleton together and lubricate it. They are the junction point between the bone ends. There are 400 joints in the human body, there are 23 in the spine alone!
Some of these joints are fixed, like those in the skull. Others are semi-mobile, like the vertebrae of the spine. Still others are very mobile, like those of the fingers.
The joints are essential to our maintenance and that is why they are naturally protected.
Image: Healthy joint and psoriatic arthritis
The articular surfaces are covered with cartilage. The vertebrae of the spine are provided with a disc that absorbs shocks during walking and running. The knee is equipped with a shock absorbing meniscus. And almost all movable joints are covered with a synovial membrane which secretes a fatty fluid: the synovia, which limits friction and protects against wear.
Additionally, the joints are indirectly protected by ligaments, tendons, and muscles that hold the bones together, while allowing their movement within certain acceptable limits.
It is all this beautiful mechanism that seizes up when rheumatism occurs.
First type of rheumatic disease: the arthritis is caused by wear and tear on the cartilages that cover the ends of the bones. With age, the underlying suse cartilage becomes exposed. The joint movement loses its fluidity, it rubs and this is what causes pain.
It is the most common form of rheumatism. It is present in 40 people over 35 years old and almost in 100 people over 70 years old.
Osteoarthritis primarily affects the joints of the hip, knee, spine, spinal osteoarthritis, cervical osteoarthritis and lumbar osteoarthritis, thumb and fingers.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease of the joint. It causes pain and progressive invalidation, it can go as far as the loss of joint function, for example walking, when the joints of the lower limbs are affected.
Second form of rheumatic disease: arthritis is due to inflammation of the joint.
Here, it is not the cartilage that is affected, but the synovial membrane. The fluid generated to facilitate joint movements becomes too abundant. The area ignites, it swells, and the joint stiffens, as if it were rusted.
Rust removal is necessary to start moving, but this is not enough to recover the strength of the movements, which gradually decreases.
The condition can be acute or chronic. It causes difficulty in moving, hinders everyday actions and can cause sleep disorders.
Chronic inflammation can also lead to deformity of the joint.
It primarily affects the wrist, the joints of the fingers and the hand as well as the cervico-occipital hinge.
It is in this category that we find rheumatoid arthritis or gout, septic arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.
Third form of rheumatic pathology: that which no longer affects the joints, but the tendons. We then speak of tendonitis.
They are the consequence of repetitive micro-traumas sometimes linked to certain professions which lead to a local inflammatory reaction. This inflammation remains moderate but painful enough to be disabling.
The fourth type of rheumatism attacks the bones: it is osteoporosis which particularly affects women after menopause.
It is a degenerative disorder, which causes a decrease in bone mass. The whole skeleton becomes fragile, the risk of fracture is high.
Whether it is osteoarthritis or arthritis, there is no cure for these so-called chronic pathologies.
Conventional treatments consist of administering aspirin, painkillers and anti-inflammatories.
But there are also much more targeted alternative treatments, which allow people to return to an almost normal life. Physiotherapists, osteopaths, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, thermal cures, the use of essential oils and a whole series of paramedical techniques, including in particular acupuncture and acupressure.
Orthopedic surgery is also taking an increasingly important place in the treatment of rheumatism. And particularly preventive surgery, which allows for example the correction of a joint malformation predisposing to the appearance of osteoarthritis.
One also thinks of the increasingly frequent implantations of hip or knee prostheses.
What is certain is that one should not wait for severe pain in the joints to consult a doctor. It should be called upon as soon as the first rheumatic symptoms appear to increase the chances of an early diagnosis and appropriate treatment. This will prevent permanent damage and serious physical ailments, with the risk of long-term functional impairment.
Rheumatism, what to do to prevent harm
More and more medical practices are using new methods borrowed from high-level sport to treat inflammatory pain.
But we can also prevent inflammation of the joints, as well as wear and tear of the cartilage.
How to relieve and cure rheumatism naturally?
- To begin with, you have to eat well: the diet must be balanced and rich in calcium. You should watch your weight because excess weight promotes osteoarthritis.
- Then it is necessary to practice the physical exercises which make it possible to fight against bone diseases. Swimming, walking, cycling These are all activities that gently strengthen the muscles and therefore protect the joints.
- We should not overlook the benefits of certain disciplines such as Yoga. Yoga strengthens the muscles and softens the joints, it works the shoulders, back and pelvis. It is a means of correcting bad postures caused by everyday life.
- Do not deprive yourself of the well-being tools that Cervi-Care provides you with. Extend his spine, realigning it with a Cervical Relaxation Neck Hammock, or a inflatable neck brace, are highly beneficial relaxation postures.
- To enclose a tired body in a back and neck massager relieves shoulders and back, it is a daily relaxation technique available to everyone.
Protecting your joints and pampering them must become a daily goal to prevent the onset of rheumatism, in any form whatsoever.
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Source: Universalis Encyclopedia