Arthritis is not just one condition, it is actually an umbrella term for several different conditions affecting joints throughout the body. Arthritis basically means inflammation of joints and the synovial fluid that surrounds them. This causes pain, swelling, stiffness, immobility, and difficulty performing normal daily activities like hanging out the washing, driving a car or walking up stairs.
It should be noted that joint degeneration is not the same as arthritis. Research has shown that many people who have no pain, when viewed on MRI, have the same amount of joint degeneration as those with arthritis pain and symptoms. We still don’t completely understand why some people end up with arthritis symptoms and some people don’t, however we do know a few factors that can lead to an inflammatory reaction in some people. Factors such as stress, smoking, activity level, medications and the biggest but most underestimated factor is diet (certain foods are more inflammatory than others).
If you have been told you have arthritis, the first thing you should understand is that this diagnosis does not have to limit you or change your life. Pain can be all too consuming, so the first step needs to be finding what reduces your pain (and I’m not talking drug intervention). This is not going to be the same for everyone, what works for one arthritis client will not work for the next. Your therapist needs to understand this and work with you to find what is right for you.
To get another opinion or to begin your journey of managing your arthritis, contact Pip at BodyWorx Functional Therapies and start getting back to functional living!