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Tendinitis Pain – Definition, Types and Diagnosis

Author: Chrisanne Sternaltendonitis_wrist

Tendinitis is a very common condition that is caused by inflammation of tendons which are flexible bands of tissue that connect bones and muscles. Tendinitis is usually brought on by repetitive injury of one area. This happens more often with age since the body becomes less flexible and more prone to injury. It can also be caused by infection, Arthritis, Gout, Thyroid Disease and Diabetes. Tendinitis is most often felt in knees, elbows, shoulders, wrists, hips or ankles.

Tendinitis effects people who perform repetitive motions or place a high amount of stress on their joints. Athletes, gardeners, musicians, dentists and carpenters are at high risk for Tendinitis. Some names for Tendinitis are associated with the sport where a repetitive motion causes it, like tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow or swimmer’s shoulder. Rotator cuff tendinitis causes pain in the shoulder and upper arm. Jumper’s Knee is also known as Knee tendinitis. Another common type of tendinitis takes place in the tendon connecting the muscle in the calf to the back of the heel. This is known as Achilles tendinitis. Each of these affects a different tendon in the body.

Doctors are able to diagnose tendinitis by considering the location and start of the pain, if it changes in severity through¬ out the day, and the factors that relieve or aggravate the pain are all important clues. Therapists and physicians will use manual tests called selective tissue tension tests to determine which tendon is involved, and then will palpate (a form of touching the tendon) specific areas of the tendon to pinpoint the area of inflammation. X rays do not show tendons, but may be helpful in ruling out problems in the bone or arthritis. In the case of a torn tendon, x rays may help show which tendon is affected. The doctor may also use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to confirm a partial or total tear. MRIs detect both bone and soft tissues like muscles, tendons and their coverings (sheaths). To rule out infection, the doctor may remove and test fluid from the inflamed area.

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Arthritis, Nutrition and You!

Author: Chuck Arnonesalmon

Although progress in the field of arthritis and nutrition is slow, we fully expect to see further justification of these theories as medical science progresses.Here is a brief look at the ongoing research of arthritis and nutrition. There has been a lot of research that identifies the relationship between arthritis and nutrition.

Arthritis means inflammation of a joint or joints.  Arthritis is usually caused by what people eat and drink and is becoming very common in people of all ages which will probably affect 90% of people by the age of 60.  Arthritis is a poorly understood condition but some scientists believe that rheumatoid arthritis is the result of a micro-organism or other foreign substance in the body.  Arthritis is the general name for a group of more than 100 diseases and becomes more prevalent as we age.  Arthritis is one of the most common chronic degenerative conditions today, affecting as many as 100 million people worldwide.  Can the foods you eat cause or affect your arthritis?  Diet is a major role player in the onset of arthritis.  There are some scientific reasons to think that the foods you eat could affect certain kinds of arthritis.

Evidence shows that excessive weight and the type of diet you follow may influence symptoms of certain types of arthritis and related conditions.  Research has shown several connections between food, nutritional supplements (vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids) and certain forms of arthritis or related conditions, such as gout, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, and reactive arthritis.  Healthcare professionals strongly recommend that people with arthritis follow a diet based on variety, balance and moderation.  The treatment for arthritis usually focuses on medications that reduce inflammation, which decreases pain and increases mobility.

Advancements have shown to be extremely effective in both preventing and managing many forms of arthritis by all natural nutritional supplements.  Nutrition and exercise are beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers in additional to medical therapy.  To give the body proper nutrition, a person has to eat and drink enough of the foods that contain key nutrients.  It is almost impossible to get a daily balanced diet so the logical answer is to allocate a portion of your food budget to include a nutritional supplement product that supplies the recommended daily minimums. It is best for overall health when that can be attained through improved nutrition instead of toxic drugs.  But then again, a lack of evidence doesn’t rule out the power of good nutrition–researchers could find no explicit link between red meat and RA either.  Emphasis on nutrition is a meaningful choice and can give you control over your arthritis.  While conventional medicine often helps to ease the symptoms, nutritional supplements can also have powerful effect in assisting keeping this debilitating condition in check.

It seems like we hear conflicting news about what we should and shouldn’t eat at every turn, but experts have pinpointed specific foods and supplements that can actually decrease the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis when combined with regular exercise.  Other supplements that have been in the news a lot lately – glucosamine and chondriton – help the body repair damaged tissue, slow down joint degeneration and improve joint function and mobility.  Give some of our suggestions a try: Exercise at least 3 times a week and watch your weight. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains and adhere to a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet. Moderate your sugar intake, consider using sugar substitutes if you drink alcoholic beverages, drink in moderation and avoid tobacco use. Take recommended supplements with your doctor’s approval. Drink eight glasses of water per day and get 8 hours of sleep each night.In addition, changes to diet and the use of certain nutritional supplements may also help to relieve symptoms.  Liquid dietary supplements have several advantages over tablets and capsules. Liquid vitamins and mineral supplements have a greater absorption rate than any other form of supplementation.  The effective use of nutritional supplements and natural diet saves money, pain and lives.

The first step is to insure you get the basic nutrition through proper diet and exercise.  Just as it is for people without arthritis, maintaining a balance in the foods you choose is important. While exercise is important for overall health, for people with stiff joints and decreased mobility, it can really help offset the consequences of this condition.  Begin your exercise program and take it slow and easy.  Too much exercise, especially jogging, or anything that is hard on the joints, is not helpful and can cause traumatic arthritis.  However, some mild daily exercise such as walking is generally best and does not stress the joints as does any vigorous exercise.

Studies have shown a connection between foods, vitamin supplementation, and fish oil (omega 3 fatty acids) can only help certain types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Oily fish such as wild Alaskan salmon, walnuts, freshly ground flaxseed or a good omega-3 supplement may help reduce the inflammation and pain of arthritis.  Research also suggests that a diet rich in Omega 3 EPA may help reduce the pain of inflammation associated with some forms of joint pain.  For example, Omega-3 fatty acids from plant foods such as flaxseed and oil, nuts and seeds, avocados, olive and canola oils (just to name a few) is renown for preventing and even reversing osteoarthritis.

Exercise is needed and more of it working up to an hour a day. The benefits will far outweigh the consequences of being unfit, sick and  eating away at your savings from medical expenses!

Types of Arthritis – Three Most Common Types and Other Types of Arthritis

Author: Dr John Annearthritis hands

Arthritis  covers a broad spectrum of disease. To many, the term arthritis means pain and  inflammation of the joints – but, arthritis is a much more complex medical  condition. The term arthritis comes from the Latin phrase, “arth” meaning joint  and “it is” meaning inflammation. There are over 100 illnesses associated with  the term arthritis. Arthritis can range from something as simple as tendonitis  to something as chronic as  rheumatoid  arthritis .

Three Most Common Types of Arthritis

Osteoarthritis  – the most common  type of  arthritis . This degenerative joint disease affects over 16 million  Americans. This form of arthritis is caused when the cartilage surrounding the  ends of the bones begins to degenerate and the joints are no longer cushioned.  This caused the joints to rub together and in severe cases, you can hear the  bones grating against one another. At the onset of osteoarthritis, the symptoms  are usually mild and consist of pain and stiffness of the joints. As the  disease progresses, inflammation and loss of motion can occur. In some severe  cases, deformity can occur if the grinding joints wear one side of the joint  more than the other.

Rheumatoid arthritis  – This is the  second most common  type of arthritis  and the most severe. Symptoms  usually begin appearing between the ages of 25 and 50 – however, children and  senior citizens can experience the onset of this disease. Rheumatoid arthritis  is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is  considered an autoimmune disease because factors other than wear and tear of  cartilage can cause the disease and the disease can affect other organs, such  as the eyes, lungs, and heart.

Rheumatoid arthritis usually affects the joints on both sides of the  body – for instance, both hands will be affected, both wrists will be affected,  and both legs will be affected. The most common symptoms of rheumatoid  arthritis are pain, stiffness, swelling, redness of the skin, fatigue, weight  loss, and low-grade fever. Not only affecting the joints, rheumatoid arthritis  can give you an overall feeling of sickness. Rheumatoid arthritis can be a  debilitating disease, however patients can experience periods of remission in  which the symptoms disappear and they can lead a normal life.

Fibromyalgia  – This is a  type of arthritis  that does not directly affect the joints. Rather, the inflammation and pain  affect the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and soft tissues under the skin. Many  patients have tender spots under the skin that are painful when any type of  pressure is applied. The symptoms for Fibromyalgia include deep muscle pain,  fatigue, sleeplessness, and depression. Symptoms may come and go, but the  disease is long term and chronic.

Other Types of Arthritis

Anklyosing Spondylitis  – a chronic,  inflammatory disease that affects the spine. The common symptoms include lower  back pain and stiffness that lasts for more than a period of three months,  difficulty sleeping, fatigue, weight loss, and low-grade fever.

Gout  – this disease usually affects the  joints of the big toe, but can extend to the ankles, heels, knees, wrists,  fingers, and elbow. The common symptoms are tenderness, pain, redness, warmth,  and swelling of the affected joint.

Infectious Arthritis  – this type of  arthritis is caused by an infection, and can be caused by both bacterial and  viral infections. The onset of infectious arthritis is sudden and the symptoms  include swelling of the joint, soreness, warmth, leakage of tissue fluid,  fever, and chills.

Cervical arthritis  – this type of arthritis affects  the upper back and can cause pain in the neck and arms. Cervical arthritis is  caused when the cartilage protecting the discs that support the neck  deteriorate. The most common symptom of cervical arthritis is chronic neck  pain, but can include loss of balance, headaches, muscle weakness, and  stiffness.

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis  – this  inflammatory arthritis affects children. The most common symptoms of Juvenile  Rheumatoid Arthritis are swelling, pain, and stiffness in joints. The symptoms  are usually worse in children upon waking in the morning and after a nap. There  is no known reason for the onset of arthritis in children and, unlike  rheumatoid arthritis in adults, children sometimes outgrow the disease and the  symptoms disappear.

These are just  some of the many  types of arthritis . In general terms, arthritis is any  disease that involves inflammation – swelling and pain of the joints or  muscles. If you suspect that you suffer from arthritis, you should consult your  physician to determine the  type of arthritis  and learn what treatments  are available.