What Is Arthritis?
More importantly, why do you you have arthritis, and how do you get rid of it?
Let's break it down:
And why don't doctors know how to fix arthritis?
Technically there are over 100 different kinds of arthritis. But when you look at that list, they're calling EVERYTHING arthritis, including 'fibromyalgia' and 'osteoporosis'.
Those two examples may include joint pain but I wouldn't call them arthritis.
There are two main categories of arthritis that we deal with on this site:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory condition, where the inflammatory condition inflames joints, thus causing pain and eventual damage and deformation.
Osteoarthritis is a dynamic where the interior linings of a joint are grinding on each other, which inflames and damages the joint lining.
This damage can cause pain as the joint lining becomes rough (causing more irritation and damage), and then even more pain and limitation if the joint becomes 'bone on bone'.
What Is The Difference Between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Both forms of arthritis share some factors, including but not limited to:
The main difference between the two types is the CAUSE of the joint inflammation.
See more on the causes of arthritis below.
There are various causes of arthritis. But for the two main categories of arthritis, there are two main causes.
What Causes Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is caused by PHYSICAL factors.
OA symptoms occur when the interior linings of a joint are compressed and thus grind on each other.
Joint linings are designed to SLIDE (with some lubrication), but NOT to grind.
Grinding is bad.
THat's all importat to know. But even more important is understanding what it is that actually causes the compression that causes the grinding?
In short, that is due to the Tendonitis dynamic.
Muscles and connective tissue get tight and stay tight. This tightness compresses the joint, as well as results in muscles not doing their job correctly. Their job is to absorb force, and when they don't do that, the force has to go somewhere...like the joint structure.
See: What Is Tendonitis?
Over time, this grinding inflames and then damages the joint lining.
This can start off due to time and normail daily activities, or can get jumpstarted from sports activities, car accidents, impact injuries, etc.
For more on the topic, see: Causes Of Osteoarthritis
What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Whereas osteo-arthritis is caused by physical factors, RA is more caused by SYSTEMIC factors. (Yes those are also physical, technically, but systemic causes of problems are a whole other ball of wax from 'physical' causes.
RA is a dynamic where inflammation in the gut causes Leaky Gut, and various things like proteins escape the digestive tract out into the blood stream.
They your body attacks these tidbits. Then it attacks you, specifically your joints (in the case of RA and psoriatic arthritis).
For more on the topic, see: Causes Of Rheumatoid Arthritis
There are many possible symptoms of arthritis, but generally are in the realm of joint pain.
Notice the similarity?
For more symptoms and explanation of why each symptom occurs, see:
As a side note, Apple Cider Vinegar Arthritis Remedies can decrease some symptoms, but definitely can't eliminate the causes of arthritis.
Anywhere there's a joint there can be arthritis.
Some examples including but not limited to:
Again, anywhere there is a joint there can be arthritis symptoms.
"Why can't my doctor fix my arthritis?"
"My doctor said arthritis is just a normal part of aging."
Unfortunately, doctors and the American Medical Association (AMA) believe that arthritis, both OA and RA, is incurable.
There are a few reasons for that:
Granted, once there's enough joint damage from osteoarthritis, or joint deformity from rheumatoid arthritis...there is in fact a point of no return.
But up to that point, one can reverse the causative process, and make the arthritis mechanism go away.
Arthritis Medication is a multi-billion dollar business. Unfortunately with all those billions spent, not a single person has ever been cured of arthritis by arthritis medications.
What is arthritis?
It's fixable, that's what it is (just not with pharmaceutical drugs).