Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term condition that can dramatically reduce one’s quality of life to a debilitating extent. This is a result of symptoms including swelling of the joints, inflammation, and pain. The joints affected typically are in the hands and feet, but can occur in any joint of the body including hips and knees.
Symptoms may include stiffness and fatigue that seems impossible to get rid of. The causes are still unknown to scientists but it appears to be related to the autoimmune abilities of the body that are being directed against healthy tissue cells. Rheumatoid arthritis can not only affect one’s body, but one’s state of mind: stress, depression, and anxiety can follow as a result of this condition.
Home remedies can include applying heat on the areas with pain, while cold temperature treatments such as soaking the joint in cold water, using cold packs, or ice wrapped in a cloth can help numb the pain. You may also stand to benefit from massage therapy and diet changes including the use of fish oil supplements to boost your joint’s chances of relief and recovery.
There is no treatment to cure rheumatoid arthritis, but where joints are damaged as a result they can be repaired and relieved. Contact us at Solstice Health to learn more about how we can help you enjoy life again.