What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Home remedies for rheumatoid arthritis can provide relief.
Rheumatoid arthritis (OUT) is a long-term disease that gradually affects many parts of the body. Typically the joints, skin, eyes, heart, lung and blood vessels are more often affected. It’s an autoimmune disease. In this condition, the body’s white blood cells attack its own tissues. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of the joints and causes local damage, Pain and swelling that eventually leads to bone erosion and joint deformities. Rheumatoid arthritis also harms the other parts of the body. It is a chronic disease in which patients have frequent relapses (worsened symptoms) and periods of remission (asymptomatic periods). The small joints are initially affected, especially the finger and toe joints. As the disease progresses, other joints such as wrists, knees, ankles, elbows, hips, and shoulders can also be affected. OUT also shows systemic signs and symptoms and other body systems can be affected 40% of the time. If not diagnosed early and treated appropriately, OUT can lead to permanent deformities, disabilities and serious systemic complications.
There is no cure for it OUT, and it’s a lifelong, progressive disease with multiple relapses. Several new types of medication, rehabilitation therapies, and surgery have dramatically improved treatment options, which have helped slow or prevent progression, disability, symptoms, and flare-ups. Although severe RA can still cause physical disabilities. Home remedies, dietand lifestyle changes can help Pain and complaints related to RA in addition to medical treatment. Home remedies alone are not effective in treating RA or preventing the disease from getting worse. It is recommended to consult a doctor before attempting any home remedies. Patients should see a doctor immediately if they experience joint swelling, pain, or other symptoms that worsen, or if new symptoms appear.
11 effective home remedies for rheumatoid arthritis
- Strain: Stretching the muscles around the affected joints can help reduce discomfort and pain related Rheumatoid arthritis. Simple stretching and strengthening exercises can significantly reduce pain. It is recommended that you consult your doctor or physical therapist to learn effective stretching exercises as some exercises can gain weight stress on the joints, which does more damage.
- exercise: Light, dynamic and lowstress Types of exercises like Tai chi, yoga, Pilates, Swimming, and To go biking People with RA can benefit. Swimming and cycling are low-impact exercises that can also effectively strengthen joint muscles, reduce weight, and improve overall body weight.
- Heat and cold: Using hot or cold packs can help reduce discomfort in the affected areas. Patients can use ice packs (ice cubes wrapped in cloth, as ice should not be placed directly on the skin) or heating pads over the affected areas to relieve pain.
- Sufficient rest: A good balance between active lifestyle and rest is important to avoid putting undue stress on the joints. Sedentary lifestyle can worsen Joint painwhile excessive activity can also worsen Inflammation of the joints and pain. A doctor or physical therapist can advise you on how to achieve the right balance.
- Coping with stress: Reducing physical and mental stress can benefit people with RA and reduce relapses. Stress relief can be achieved through meditation, tai chi, yoga, or counseling on emotional stress.
- diet: A plant-based diet can benefit patients with RA and improve overall health. A Vegan Diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds significantly reduces inflammation, pain and discomfort in RA.
- Fish oil: Fish oil from cold water fish contains high amounts of Omega-3 fatty acidswho have favourited Reduce Inflammation, Pain, and Improve Overall Health. Fish oil additions can be taken every day along with anti-inflammatory drugs that block inflammatory receptors prescribed by the doctor.
- Turmeric and curcumin: Turmeric and curcumin have anti-inflammatory properties. They can be added or used as herbal teas additions.
- Probiotics: Foods like yogurt and cucumber are rich in Probiotics. Probiotics can also be taken as dietary supplements. Ingestion probiotic Supplements have been found to relieve inflammation and pain every day for 2-3 months. Probiotics also help improve digestive health and boost immunity.
- Spices: Spices such as cinnamon, pepper, garlic, and ginger when added to the diet, it can help with joint pain and slow the progression of the disease. These spices contain polyphenols, which are compounds that help reduce degenerative changes in cells.
- Green tea: The polyphenols and antioxidants in green tea have been shown to be beneficial for joint pain in some patients.
Medical treatment for rheumatoid arthritis
Patients are usually referred to physical or occupational therapy to learn exercises to improve and maintain joint flexibility and rehabilitation of the joints. Training in the pool is gentle exercise for the body.
Medical management usually involves a combination of more than one treatment modality. The treatment options are:
- Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs): NSAIDs can relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
- Steroids: Corticosteroid Drugs suppress the immune system, reduce inflammation and pain, and delay joint damage.
- Disease-Modifying Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (DMARDs): These drugs are extremely effective in treating RA. They suppress internal swelling and relieve symptoms. They can slow the progression and prevent joint deformities and other complications. Some commonly prescribed DMARDs are Methotrexate, Sulfasalazine, and Hydroxychloroquine.
- Biological modifiers: These are a newer generation of DMARDs, and they are usually taken with DMARDs to reduce inflammation. Some examples are Infliximab, Rituximab, etc.
- Physical therapy: Patients are usually referred to physical or occupational therapy to learn exercises to improve and maintain joint flexibility and rehabilitation of the joints.
- Surgery: Surgical procedures can be performed to restore joint function and anatomy, and to relieve pain.
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Medically checked on 04/22/2021
Medical reference from Medscape
Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network
Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center