Arthritis and joint pain: Common causes and the neurological connection30-Nov-2012
Arthritis, in most cases, is a disease that causes pain and swelling in the joints. Other forms of arthritis can affect internal organs as well.
The symptoms can vary radically from one patient to the next depending upon the type of arthritis present. The common link between all types of arthritis is that it causes deterioration of the joints. Some of the common complaints from sufferers include joint pain, swelling, stiffness and limited movement.
A joint is where two bones meet and is cushioned by cartilage, or flexible tissue, that buffers the connection. Most types of arthritis cause pain and swelling in the joints and, over time, a swollen joint can become damaged. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and joint-related illness affecting as many as 50 million Americans today, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
Common Types of Arthritis
- Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis often related to aging or to an injury. While it can affect any joint, this type is most common with hands, knees, hips or spine.
- Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease which occurs when your immune system, which normally protects your body from infection, attacks your body's own tissues. While RA can affect any joint, it’s more common in the wrist and fingers.
- Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is a form of the disease that happens in children. This form is also an autoimmune disorder, so it can affect any joint and, in some cases, internal organs as well.
- Infectious arthritis is an infection that has spread from another part of the body to the joint.
Common Causes and the Neurological Connection
Typically, arthritis isn’t caused by one single thing. It does not just show up one day without precursors that led to it. In most cases, arthritis is the end result of a recipe that has been cooking over an extended period of time.
- One ingredient in the recipe may be an injury in the past. It doesn’t even have to be an overly significant injury and could be the result of a car accident or sports injury. The injury may have been treated and the patient felt fully recovered without suspicion of any hidden problems.
- Another factor is genetics. Genetics are responsible for only 25 percent of our health issues and can be overcome if patients pay attention to their bodies and provide the right care and fuel. A genetic history including arthritis does not necessarily mean a life with arthritis but very often it is present in those who develop symptoms.
- The fuel a person consumes over time can also have an impact on well the body is able to sustain itself, fight off degenerative illnesses like arthritis and slow the progress of these types of diseases once they have begun.
Combining two or more of these ingredients is a recipe for arthritis. Without a neurological exam to uncover the underlying connectivity issues between the brain and the various muscles of the body, the joints fall under further strain and are prone to continued degeneration.
For example, an elbow injury may heal up and seem just fine. Without proper diagnostics though, that individual could be walking around for years with only 40% connectivity between the brain and bicep and 90 percent between the brain and triceps. This leads to destabilization of the elbow. Many years later, normal activities can trigger pain in that elbow without any new injuries occurring because arthritis has been developing over those intervening years.
There are many treatments that can ease the pain of arthritis but none that can cure it. What can be done through testing and treatment is to identify those hidden weakness and re-establish the necessary connectivity between the brain and muscles. In addition, changes to the diet can significantly help slow the degeneration of joints already affected. By taking these steps, the patient can experience increased range of motion and a return of strength in the joints.
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