Arthritis is an illness that causes pain & swelling in joints. Over a period of time joint may become severely damaged. The word "ARTHRITIS" literally means “Inflammation of Joint” i.e. swelling, heat, redness, pain & loss of function caused by tissue injury or disease in the joint..
Rheumatoid arthritis rest, heat and physical therapy are important adjuncts to drug therapy. A healthy diet and exercise also helps patients retain mobility and strength, maintain or lose weight, sleep better, and even help maintain a positive attitude. Although there is no scientific evidence that eating or not eating certain foods reduces or aggravates symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, some recent studies indicate that omega-3 fatty acids (found in certain fish and plant seed oils) may reduce the inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis.
The term “psoriatic arthritis”denotes a heterogenous group of arthritides ranging from peripheral monarticular, oligoarticular and polyarticular disease, to axial skeletal involvement.
Osteoarthritis (OA, also known as degenerative arthritis, degenerative joint disease), is a clinical syndrome in which low-grade inflammation results in pain in the joints, caused by abnormal wearing of the cartilage that covers and acts as a cushion inside joints and destruction or decrease of synovial fluid that lubricates those joints. As the bone surfaces become less well protected by cartilage, the patient experiences pain upon weight bearing, including walking and standing.