What is Arthritis?

Arthritis also called Joint inflammation , Joint pain. Arthritis is the inflammation(swelling) of the one or more than one joints. Arthritis is presented as having pain, swelling and stiffness of the joint. Arthritis increases with age and more number of joints get inflamed with the progress of the disease.

Yet, it is more common in women. Arthritis is the disease found in people as they get older.

What are the causes of Arthritis?

Arthritis is one of the major causes of disability.

There are various types of Arthritis. The causative factors for different arthritis differ considerably.

The causes may include depending on the type of arthritis, autoimmunity, infection, decencies, genetic, etc.

What are the types of Arthritis?

Osteoarthritis :

OA is one of the most common type of arthritis. It is a form of degenerative arthritis.

It is caused due to degeneration of the cartilaginous structure on the ends of bones. The bones rubs against bone causing excruciating pain , swelling develops and stiffness persists.OA is progressive disease causing limited mobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis:

RA is a form of Inflammatory Arthritis. It is an auto-immune disease. Rheumatoid Arthritis is caused due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors , a reason for autoimmunity.

There is joint erosion, severity of pain, swelling and stiffness. In RA patients, other parts of the body also are involved eventually.

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic Arthritis is a complication of Psoriasis an autoimmune disease presenting itself on the skin. PA is also a form of Inflammatory Arthritis. The cause for Psoriasis is yet not known and Psoriatic Arthritis develops as a complication to a poorly treated or untreated Psoriasis in a person.

Infectious Arthritis:

If arthritis develops due to some infection of the joint by the intrusion/invasion of Bacterium, Virus or Fungi. The signs and symptoms remain the same, which are pain, swelling and stiffness. High grade fever may or may not be found associated with Infectious Arthritis.


Gout is a another form of inflammatory arthritis. Increase in uric acid level in the blood of some people causes Gout. It is common in males than females. Genetic , dietary and lifestyle factors lead to Gout Arthritis.

Reactive Arthritis:

Reactive Arthritis is a form of inflammatory arthritis . Mainly the joints of knee, ankle and toes are affected. Along with the joints, eyes , skin and urinary tract are involved. It is caused by the entry of bacteria into the blood.

There are more than 50 other types of Arthritis; some of them are :

  • Burisitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Haemochromatosis
  • Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Lupus
  • Vasculitis
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosis
  • Systemic Sclerosis

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Based on gender and age wise would be better…

People of all ages, sexes can have arthritis. It is one of the most common diseases. The common arthritis symptoms are the characteristic Pain, Swelling and Stiffness. All these lead to decreased mobility of joints,disability.

What are the complications of arthritis?

Usually Arthritis is ignored most of the times, assuming the pain will subside. Arthritis when lately diagnosed leads to chronicity of the complaints. Pain irritates the patient and joint immobility leads to poor quality of life.

Arthritis is a progressive disease. From one or two joints, the disease involves multiple joints. Arthritis of long standing starts affecting the other parts of the body. Some of the types of arthritis may have to go for joint replacements. Osteoporosis of the joints may cause bending of the long bones and sometimes breaking of the bones.

What is the treatment for Arthritis ?

There are a number of homeopathic specific medicines for different types of arthritis. There are remedies for inflammatory type as well as degenerative type of arthritis. Homeopathy gives instant relief to the pain. In-depth analysis required for homeopathic mode of treatment enables to chose right remedy for the exact type of arthritis and such a prescription heals the pain , swelling and stiffness of joints.

Positive Homeopathy Clinics have come across cases ranging from simple pain in joints to most severe and chronic diseases involving the joints. All the experience and expertise is utilized to treat Arthritis of every type in Positive Homeopathy Clinics. A comprehensive regulation of medicinal dosages with the varied signs and symptoms peculiar to different types of arthritis are dispensed to provide cure to the patients.

Case Studies

  • A 32 year old female, Swetha , is referred to you for evaluation of acute onset arthritis of hands, wrists, knees, and feet, as well a pruritic rash. The symptoms have been present for 3 weeks and her family physician found that she had an ANA of 1:160 and negative rheumatoid factor. She is sent to you with the diagnosis of SLE.

    Examination: mild symmetric polyarthritis of hands, wrists, and feet. erythematous rash on the trunk. Otherwise unremarkable.

  • A 22 year old male, Naveen , comes to the ER c/o a 3 day hx of right knee pain. The pain has become progressively worse to the point that he is unable to bear weight on it at all.

    Examination: temperature 38.0. right knee flexed to 30 degrees. He will not allow you to flex or extend the knee. It is warm, and there is redness as well as tenderness around the knee.

Frequently Asked Qustions

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a name for a group of conditions affecting the joints, muscles, and connective tissues of the body. Arthritis causes pain and stiffness of the joints, and can significantly affect quality of life

Is rheumatism different to arthritis?

Not really. Rheumatism is just a more general word that was used in the past. It described pain in your bones, muscles and joints. We know more today about problems with bones, muscles and joints, so we use words like back pain, arthritis  

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