The Three Main Factors of Pain, Degeneration and Inflammation
Joint degeneration, also known as arthritis, is the leading cause of disability in the United States. In some cases, joint problems can be caused by occupation and lifestyle, but most of the time people develop the condition due to heredity or other environmental means like occupation or lifestyle.
Arthritis, joint inflammation, and degeneration are caused or exacerbated by 3 main factors:
- Overly aggressive Autoimmune Reactions, like Rheumatoid Arthritis (an Immune Deficiency Syndrome) which can involve several joints in a symmetrical fashion both hands, both wrists, or both hips).
- Imbalances within the body's biochemistry due to excessive immune responses (the immune system turning on its host); and/or the triggering of specific autosomal recessive traits. Inappropriate peptides may be produced which can wrongly stimulate the neovascularization of cartilage and surrounding tissue (blood vessels inappropriately growing where they don't normally belong) and causing unwanted destructive enzyme activities. The affected cartilage can become calcified, fragile and stiff. Water is displaced, further inhibiting flexibility and wearing away joint cushions. Finally, unprotected bones painfully wear against each other.
- Congenital Malformations, or recessive errors in genetic development affecting the skeletal structure's integrity and challenging the full development of bones, joints and cartilage. These will have less physical strength than those normally developed, placing the person in danger of more injury, disease and accelerated decline. This also increases chances for the appearance of other factors.
While there is no cure for Arthritis, there are many treatment options available to you, ranging from surgery and prescription medications to non-invasive physical therapy and massages, that can help control or eliminate your pain and get you back into a normal, healthy lifestyle.
Contact your doctor for more information of the causes and treatment options for your joint pain.