Rheumatoid Arthritis has been known for a long time and there is a general feeling that it affects only people who are old. Besides, there are various misconceptions about the causes of this disease.
It is wrong to assume that rheumatoid arthritis is a disease of the old. It could affect even younger people and even children. It is however more common in old people and may not be restricted just to the joints. It would be surprising to know that this disease affects internal organs like the eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels.
Many people make the mistake of confusing arthritis with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis mainly affects the joints and is caused by injury or normal wear and tear of the aging joints. The degenerative process in which the cartilage, at the joints undergoes changes causes arthritis and the joint becomes unable to bear the load of the body. On the contrary, rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease which the body creates antibodies to fight it’s own tissues. As seen before it can affect any part of the body.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is not an incurable disease. Effective medication, exercise, treatment, surgeries and self-management can cure even people with chronic rheumatoid arthritis conditions. It is first wrong to assume that rheumatoid arthritis is causes by cold and damp weather. However rheumatoid can also not be caused by poor diet. However if one has certain food allergies than could trigger such a condition. Taking a good well balanced diet, taking biological agents prescribed as drugs and maintaining an ideal weight can improve ones health and improve the condition of acute rheumatoid arthritis. This is due to the fact that there is less stress on the joints.
Exercise may prove painful; for a person with rheumatoid arthritis. However it is best to do gentle exercises to help maintain joint integrity and mobility. Exercises may be stopped when the pain in the is acute and it is stiff. It is also interesting to note that exercises like walking, swimming, and exercises in water help a lot to remedy the situation. Water exercises prove more beneficial due to the minimizing of pressure on weight bearing joints.
To end, I am sure you all would have benefited knowing all about rheumatoid arthritis, which affects people irrespective of age, and how to cure it and lead a happy and healthy life.