Did you know that there are over 100 different kinds of arthritis that affect Canadians? While each type affects the body in different ways, living with a painful chronic condition can be difficult for those suffering from the various symptoms associated with arthritis. Early diagnosis of the disease allows you to partner with your physician to develop a management plan that helps minimize your discomfort as the condition progresses. Learn how to spot the signs of arthritis and joint inflammation below.
Who is At Risk?
Unlike many other chronic diseases, arthritis does not have a specific “checklist” that determines your risk for developing the condition. While it is more likely to occur in adults over 50, people of all ages and backgrounds may develop arthritis overtime. Common factors that may increase your likelihood of having arthritis include:
- Genetic background
- A history of repetitive stress injuries
How Do I Know It’s Arthritis?
One of the most difficult elements of catching arthritis in the early stages is the fact that most symptoms are progressive rather than acute, and may even improve for a brief period of time. Because aches and pains may occur gradually, it’s important to keep a diligent self-record of any “problem areas”. If you notice persistent swelling or tenderness in a specific place, particularly around load bearing joints, it may be best to consult a physician for further confirmation. Frequently occurring symptoms to look for include:
- Joint warmth
- Continued tenderness in a localized area
- Joint pain and stiffness that does not dissipate over a normal period of time
- A grating sensation on load bearing joints
When Should I Consult My Doctor?
The simple answer is: if you are unsure of the source of your discomfort or pain, it’s time to speak with a physician, especially if you are over the age of 50.
A Natural Solution
If you or someone you know are experiencing early symptoms of arthritis, topical ointments and creams are a popular initial method of treatment and pain management. Proflexa® is a natural cream that contains a specialized blend of active herbal ingredients designed to relieve muscle and joint pain, swelling and inflammation caused by arthritis.
Proflexa® offers a safe alternative to other non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs which carry the risk of ulcers, stomach bleeding, and liver damage. It also acts as an alternative to corticosteroids, which depress immune function and may cause osteoporosis.
Ready to stop pain in its tracks? Try Proflexa® today!
Proflexa® is safe for use by most adults, but is not recommend for pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children under two. Use with children ages 2-12 must be supervised by an adult.