Osteoarthritis involves wear-and-tear damage to the joint’s cartilage that can occur over many years, or can be brought on by a joint injury or infection. This type of arthritis most often develops in adults who are in their late 40s or older. It’s also more common in women and people with a family history of the condition. However, it can occur at any age.
Osteoarthritis initially affects the smooth cartilage lining of the joint. This makes movement more difficult, leading to pain and stiffness. Once the cartilage lining starts to roughen and thin out, the tendons and ligaments have to work harder. This can cause swelling and the formation of bony spurs. Severe loss of cartilage can lead to bone rubbing on bone, altering the shape of the joint and forcing the bones out of their normal position. The most commonly affected joints are those in the hands, spine, knees, and hips.
In rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the body’s immune system attacks the lining of the joint capsules—tough membranes that enclose all the joint parts. This lining then becomes inflamed and swollen. RA is classified as systemic, meaning it can permeate the entire body. The exact cause of RA remains unknown, but women are diagnosed three times more often than men, and it is suspected that estrogen may play a role.
The symptoms of arthritis vary depending on the type. Here are some of them:
- joint pain, tenderness and stiffness
- inflammation in and around the joints
- restricted movement of the joints
- warm, red skin over the affected joint
- weakness and muscle wasting
Bio-Touch has been shown to ease the symptoms associated with arthritis. While not a substitute for standard medical care, Bio-Touch is an effective complement to medical protocols. Family members and friends can learn how to help each other feel better using Bio-Touch, without being concerned about negative side effects.