Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints and conditions that affect joints, the tissues that surround joints, and other connective tissue. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age.
The two most common types of arthritis are:
Osteoarthritis causes cartilage — the hard, slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones where they form a joint — to break down. Osteoarthritis pain, stiffness, or inflammation most frequently appears in the hips, knees, and hands.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that first targets the lining of joints (synovium). Rheumatoid arthritis commonly affects the hands and wrists but can also affect areas of the body other than the joints.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Factors that put you at higher risk of suffering from arthritis include:
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
The following are warning signs that you may be developing arthritis:
Rheumatoid arthritis has some particular additional signs, such as:
Care & Treatment
To help you control your pain, maximize your joint movements, prevent or slow down joint damage, and stay as healthy and active as possible, your healthcare professional will use a multidisciplinary treatment approach. This will include:
Compounded Pain Creams to Relieve Arthritis Inflammation and Swelling: Fight Arthritis Pain Without Pills.
Relying on painkillers to fight arthritis pain can be difficult as we find that some drugs aren't as safe or effective as we thought, so many people explore alternative pain relief therapies. Patients also experience severe drowsiness, dizziness, and many other side effects that may be associated with an oral route of pain medication. The best solution is having a compounding pharmacy put together a number of different medications with different mechanisms of action into a compounded cream that is applied directly over the site of pain and is absorbed through the skin.
Every individual is unique, and the types of pain experienced can be equally diverse. By working with a compounding pharmacist, your healthcare provider can prescribe treatments tailored specifically for your pain management needs.
Benefits of Compounded Creams
Delivered directly to the pain receptors
Minimizes systemic absorption
Targets numerous pain receptors at once
Fewer adverse effects (such as renal and gastric effects from NSAIDs)
Reduces drug-drug interactions
Good for patients with difficulty swallowing pills
Once you know your diagnosis, your healthcare professional will schedule regular appointments depending on the seriousness of your condition. This is especially important if you have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. You may need regular blood test monitoring if you are taking certain medications.