Arthritis Joints – Understanding the Mechanisms


Understanding joints and how arthritis affects them is important if you have arthritis. Arthritis literally means “inflammation of the joint”. Gradual loss of motion and pain are the two most reported complaints of arthritis joint sufferers. Damage to the cartilage within the joint and inflammation of the synovial (lubricant) fluid cause many symptoms of swelling, discomfort, and stiffness of an arthritic joint. In later stages of some Arthritis Joints, if no proactive care has been administered, most of the pain comes from bare bone rubbing together. The friction of this distressing action can cause irreversible damage to the victim’s arthritic joint.

Arthritis JointsAt least 100 different diseases are known to be related to arthritis. Each of these, directly or indirectly, can adversely affect the arthritis joint. Healthy joints experience little friction when operating, and have normal amounts of synovial lubricant surrounding them. For instance, carrying too much bodily weight will eventually harm weight bearing joints of the hip and knee. This constant pressure will result in Arthritis Joints. These injuries or diseases can be environmental, genetic, or result with age progression. Rheumatoid arthritis is often inherited. It will still result in arthritis of the joint.

Arthritis Joints have experienced trauma or injury to the fibrous connective tissue and cartilage, or to the bone itself. Blowing out your knee in an injury can damage or tear a ligament or tendon. This can result in arthritis joint. Often in a traumatic knee injury, cartilage damage occurs also. If a sharp piece of cartilage is floating about in the synovial fluid, inflammation will occur. If a jagged edge of bone continually rubs in a ball-and-socket joint motion, pain and deterioration will result. Arthritis joint will also result.

Joints normally move in one of four ways. Rotation (bone moves about central axis); angular (occurs between two long bones in an increase or decrease of angle); gliding (one bone surface glides on another); and circumduction (the whole joint composition forms a cone). Arthritis Joints will have problems with one or more of these movements. Of course, problems can also simultaneously occur with the cartilage, lubricating fluid, bone surface, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue. This is why the treatment of Arthritis Joints can be so involved and process that can take months or even years of administering treatments. The important thing to remember is that early proactive treatment will greatly reduce the severity of arthritis joints later on.