The definition of arthritis is: "joint inflammation."
Arthritis (from Greek arthro-, joint + -itis, inflammation; plural: arthritides) is a group of conditions involving damage to the joints of the body.
You know it hurts. You should know that there are different types - and there are more natural ways to ease the pain. Now lets learn a bit more.
Types of Arthritis:
- acute arthritis - arthritis marked by pain, heat, redness, and swelling.
- chronic inflammatory arthritis - inflammation of joints in chronic disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.
- arthritis defor´mans - severe destruction of joints, seen in disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.
- degenerative arthritis - osteoarthritis.
- enteropathic arthritis - arthritis associated with inflammatory bowel disease or following bacterial infection of the bowel.
- hypertrophic arthritis - osteoarthritis.
- infectious arthritis - arthritis caused by bacteria, rickettsiae, mycoplasmas, viruses, fungi, or parasites.
- juvenile rheumatoid arthritis - rheumatoid arthritis in children, with swelling, tenderness, and pain involving one or more joints, sometimes leading to impaired growth and development, limitation of movement, and ankylosis and flexion contractures of the joints; often accompanied by systemic manifestations.
- Lyme arthritis - see under disease.
- menopausal arthritis - that seen in some menopausal women, due to ovarian hormonal deficiency, and marked by pain in the small joints, shoulders, elbows, or knees.
- arthritis mu´tilans - severe deforming polyarthritis with gross bone and cartilage destruction, an atypical variant of rheumatoid arthritis.
- rheumatoid arthritis - a chronic systemic disease primarily of the joints, usually polyarticular, marked by inflammatory changes in the synovial membranes and articular structures and by atrophy and rarefaction of the bones. In late stages, deformity and ankylosis develop.
- septic arthritis, suppurative arthritis - a form marked by purulent joint infiltration, chiefly due to bacterial infection but also seen in Reiter's disease.
- tuberculous arthritis - that secondary to tuberculosis, usually affecting a single joint, marked by chronic inflammation with effusion and destruction of contiguous bone.
The short-term effects of spa therapy could be explained by the hot temperatures at which the therapies are carried out, reducing muscle spasm around the painful joint and increasing the pain threshold in the area. (source: http://www.publix.com/wellness/news/Article.do?id=7593&childId=7699)
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