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Understanding The Causes & Remedies for Joint Inflammation

Written by - Updated March 6, 2019

Joint inflammation affects about 80% of the world’s population and most having reported suffering from arthritis-related ailments at least once in their lifetime. Approximately 54.4 million of Americans (22%) are diagnosed with some form of joint-related arthritis illnesses including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and gout. States with the highest and lowest number of people suffering include West Virginia (33.6%) and Hawaii (17.2%). The most common type of arthritis pain is osteoarthritis found in over half of persons 65 years or older living in the United States.

Joint inflammation is your body’s natural defense to protect itself against invading diseases that could damage cells, cause irritations, and distribute dangerous pathogens that could ultimately deteriorate health. As a result, you may feel a burning sensation and uncomfortable feelings during the healing process, but if the pain continues, seek the advice of a qualified healthcare professional to determine if there is any unforeseen illness you may have. The word ‘inflammation’, derived from the Latin alternative ‘inflammo’, which means to ‘set fire’, and that is exactly the sensation most patients feel when suffering from arthritis joint-pain.

Joint Pain Could Be Attributed To The Following:

  • Damaged muscle tissue or cartridge
  • Locking sensation when the joint tries to move, but cannot.
  • Painful popping when the person moves the wrong way.
  • Stiffness when the muscles hardened. Feel like you cannot move.
  • Instability is trying to move the joints. Not as fluid as before.

Damaged muscle tissue

Inflammation affects all areas of the body, including the joints, which is a sign that something harmful is wrong with the body. Examples of inflammation include:

  • Asthma
  • Sinuses
  • Soreness from exercise
  • Skin irritations
  • Sore throat
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Tuberculosis
  • Ulcers

Anything harmful to the body will cause a burning sensation because it is using energy to get rid of the ailment. Inflammation does not necessarily mean there is an infection. Sometimes there is a suppuration phase where the infected area starts discharging pus from the wound, which would cause more chronic pain.

Joint Inflammation Causes Info

What Exactly Is Inflammation?

Inflammation is when the white blood cells and the immune system’s proteins protect the body from invading viruses and bacteria. Symptoms include joint swelling, joint pain, stiffness, and limited joint function. You may feel flu-like fevers, chills, headache, experience a loss of appetite, and even muscle stiffness. Any chronic infections and cancers, including sclerosis arthritis, will have this burning sensation.

Steps To Get Diagnosed

Make sure to properly get diagnosed by a qualified healthcare professional who will administer a physical exam to test the joints, X-ray to analyze the joints, and blood tests that will help the doctor to check and see if you have an ailment causing the arthritis-related joint inflammation.

Studies That Backup The Causes

Scientists have found that inflammation is one of the key factors in heart disease. Consuming unhealthy high-cholesterol foods often contribute to plaque buildup in the arteries, blocking the blood cells from delivering medication to all areas. Scientists at Stanford University in California have linked this to coronary artery disease.

Acute Inflammation

Some signs of acute inflammation is pain, redness, a heating sensation that feels hot to the touch because more blood is rushing to the affected area, and swelling because there is a liquid filling up. Moreover, you may experience loss of joint function that makes you immobile.

Some autoimmune diseases that produce acute inflammation:

  • Lupus
  • Sialic disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriasis
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Vitamin A deficiency
  • Allergies

Causes of Joint Inflammation

Causes of Joint Inflammation

There are many causes of joint inflammation, including springs, injuries, and even excess weight that puts more pressure on the joints. Moreover, fat burning from weight loss and even deformity in the joint could contribute to inflammation. More serious signs are heart disease, kidney disease, or any type of swelling with no specific health link.

Remedies for Inflammation

Each type of inflammation needs a certain type remedy. For example, if your inflammation stems from an insect bite, then you can use a home remedy like rubbing alcohol or water to ease the itching and avoid scratching because it would only make the swelling worse. You could also apply cold water or ice to the infected area until the swelling or itchiness subsides.

If the joint inflammation comes from bruises and sprains, then you can wrap the infected area with ice in a towel, compressed on the injury to help cool down the inflammation.

Healthy Alternatives

Start consuming more fish such as salmon, mackerel, light tuna, because they are high in omega 3 fatty acids that will help improve blood circulation so the cells can get to the affected area more quickly. A study out of Ohio State University suggests that consuming about three times daily greatly reduces inflammation.

More alternatives include:
Healthy Alternatives

  • Consuming more green tea will help promote bone health and reduce inflammation.
  • Taking ginger root is a traditional medicine to help with constipation, gastrointestinal problems, and rheumatoid arthritis pain.
  • Increasing Vitamin D & Calcium rich foods like green leafy vegetables, salmon, and tuna will help strengthen the bones.
  • Doing hardcore exercises will challenge your bones will make them stronger.
  • Sometimes a simple oily massage is some kind will work great!

Conclusion

You do not need to endure inflammation pain anymore because there are many natural remedies to help strengthen your joints so you can move without any pain, and medical remedies to help relieve the pain. Healing joint inflammation is a long-term process of changing your lifestyle by proper dieting and plenty of vigorous exercising. The cause of joint inflammation could be something simple like post workout recovery or something serious like heart disease. Only qualified professionals will let you know. Apply the remedies and techniques in this article so that you can live a carefree life without any pain!

Author

Contributor : Melissa Feldman (Joint Health Magazine)

Melissa Feldman is a Canadian writer, editor, and English language expert. She has undergraduate degrees in both teaching and psychology and a master’s degree in Immigration and Settlement Studies. She spent almost 20 years writing and designing English as a Second Language educational materials, including several textbooks. She has presented the cumulative research of many health topics ranging from dietary supplements to joint pain relief products and topical pain reliever. She is skilled at writing compelling articles and producing academic, marketing and creative content. Melissa currently lives in Toronto, Canada and works as an independent research writer. She has more than a decade of experience reviewing and editing publications intended for both public and professional audiences. You can connect with her on Linkedin.

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