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商報 24.04.2015

How to cure arthritis (degeneration) of joints?

Physiotherapist pointed out that degeneration of joint is the most common arthritis to be seen on patients, this can be caused by years of repeated strain on the joint. Fractures of the joint surfaces, ligament tears, and meniscal injuries can all cause abnormal movement and alignment, leading to wear and tear on the joint surfaces.

Another type of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet. Unlike the wear-and-tear damage of joint degeneration, rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of your joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity. An autoimmune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body's tissues. In addition to causing joint problems, rheumatoid arthritis sometimes can affect other organs of the body — such as the skin, eyes, lungs and blood vessels.

Physiotherapist claimed that there is 4 ways to cure the problem:

  1. 1) To maintain a daily calcium intake is important; tofu, green leafy vegetables, dairy product can provide calcium for patient.
  2. 2) Omega 3 is useful to decrease inflammation of joint. Eg: fish
  3. 3) Obese can put extra weight to the joints. Exercise could increase patient’s range of motion balance of muscles. Physiotherapist claimed some non weight bearing exercise: swimming and cycling will be beneficial for patients.
  4. 4) If the muscle is inflamed, ice is recommend to reduce inflammation. (15mins, 2-3 times/day) If the conditions is better, one could use heat (30 mins, 2-3 times/ day) to relax the muscles

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