Inflammation is our body’s response to pain. Just as our skin bruises and swells, our joints can do the same. Typically, joint inflammation is a side effect of arthritis.
In Rheumatoid Arthritis, the immune system attacks the joint lining and it becomes inflamed. The inflamed cells release enzymes that may cause joint erosion. This inflammation and erosion typically appears in smaller joints, the hands or feet. It will occur on both sides of the body as well. Joints affected will feel warm, stiff, and appear larger with swelling.
Osteo-Arthritis usually occurs due to injury or use. The most common joints are the lower back, knees, and hips. Inflammation comes as a response to the cartilage breakdown. Osteo-Arthritis, overall, does not have as severe inflammation problems.
Psoriatic Arthritis is a form of arthritis that affects people with psoriasis. The psoriasis appears first and then later they are diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis. Swelling is one of the main symptoms of the disease. This can affect mostly any joint.
Arthritis is a constant struggle. Inflammation makes the problem much worse. In order to control inflammation, many people turn to natural anti-inflammatory remedies. In past years, turmeric or the active ingredient, curcumin, has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Foods high in Omega 3s also have evidence to support a reduction in inflammation. Sometimes, diet does make the difference.