Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A new Invention: Wrap-round pads

Yes!!! This is a new invention-"a wrap-round pad" helps to ease pain with the help of your own body heat.

Don't be surprised, it's really true!!!!

This warp-round pad is mad of a unique material that uses the infrared heat of your own body to ease joints pain. The heat generated is utilized to itself to ease your joint pain.

What is its Working?
Fig: Wrap-round pad.
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The working is that the wrap-pad uses the far infrared radiation (FIR) to create heat.  This FIR creates vibrations within human cells; it is basically a light wave. This warp contains a unique bioceramic compound that works without power or batteries. The mechanism is so maintained that the wrap starts the heat therapy to treat our paining joints with the bearable heat.

What is the use?

This can be used when you have any type of joint pain. You can wear it when you have any injuries, muscles stiffness or even have arthritis. It can be used for various kind of pain whether in knee, ankle, back, wrist, neck, elbow or shoulder. It is designed depends upon the type of pain you have. It has two fabric pads that make it easy to use and apply on any part of body. If you have headache, the solution is the wrap-pad they why to go for medicines!!!

What is the feedback?

To the surprise feedback has been overwhelmingly good. That means it is adapted by many people and they are happy with its result. The creator of this says that this finely ground bioceramic crystal wrap pad is compatible with the human body.

Is there any precaution?

No much!!! But said that the people with any type of skin allergies, high blood pressure or fever are not advice to use it. Plus pregnant ladies too don't go for this.

This patch or pad is said to worn up to four hours a day at starting and can be increased to eight hour later on when your body get used to four hours of use.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Cracking Knuckles Cause Arthritis: A Myth or A Fact

Fig: Cracking Knuckles
Image Source: Google Image
It is mostly seen that when people sit for long duration of time in a single place they are likely to knuckle their finger and back. For some people it is a pleasurable thing to do, because they think it gives some peace from the pain they have. For others they think it as annoying, dangerous and even say that it leads to arthritis.

Thus, is there any true fact behind Cracking Knuckles Cause Arthritis, or is just a myth.  Let's have a look.

This may be a myth or it may be fact because till now we don't have a scientific answer to this question. What we know from the past studies is that it doesn't have any connection to arthritis. Some small and mostly outdated data found in PubMed, Google Scholar and Web of Science also says that there are no evidence to prove that knuckle-cracking can lead to arthritis or can progress the diseases.

Fig: Normal and Arthritis hand
Image Source: Google Image
There is one study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM) about knuckle-cracking and arthritis also said that there is not a risk factor for osteoarthritis and knuckle-cracking. This study was analyzed on the basis of patient having history of with and without radiographic-evidence of OA.

Before this study, there were two more studies done on this subject some 20 years ago named Effect of habitual knuckle cracking on hand function and The Consequences of Habitual Knuckle Cracking. Both these studies were too proved nothing about the relation between the knuckle cracking and arthritis.

So many studies been done, still it fails to come on true fact to co-relate Cracking Knuckles and Arthritis. This absence of evidence makes this point more towards a myth. Still waiting for another study that can unfounded this.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

"Milk"- Does It Really Helps Relieve Arthritis Symptoms

Most of us in childhood hate drinking milk; we do lots of drama in front of parents that we don't want to drink milk with childish excuses that it tastes bad or smell bad. To all this drama our parents just say that milk is good and it will help you to grow up big and strong like a super hero.

Whether milk will make you a super hero or not but will make you

help relief arthritis symptom. This fact about milk is reveled in a new research done on 2000 arthritis patients by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The researcher clubbed men and women who have arthritis and then analyzed the information about their diets and x-rayed the knees every year for continuously four years.

Through this study it is found that milk helps to slow down the progress of disease. This fact was seen in both men and women, but men were suggested to drink seven or more glasses a week to see the same results as what their counterpart women have shown.

The result of this can differ; as it is true that the food that we eat will affect our body depending upon who that food gets digested and absorbed in our bodies. Thus before ending this new research the scientist has said that people with arthritis should start drinking milk which is low-fat or is fat-free milk.

This research is published in Arthritis Care & Research online journals

Friday, April 25, 2014

Facts to know about joint pain

Your body is connected to each other and that connection is known as “joints”.  You never feel this connection until something happens in your joints. This something can be pain, swelling, inflammation when you get hurt by some accident or this can also be due to some other problems in joints such as arthritis.
If you suffer from these problems you are not alone in this world. It is estimated that more than 50 million Americans have arthritis or have some or the other kind of joint problem. We can classify this joint pain fact into two sections and have thing discuss with you:

Having pain in joints due to some injuries:

Injuries affect ligaments, bursae, or tendons surrounding the joint, which then leads to joint pain. Due to this internal damage to joints parts it lead to pain, inflammation, swelling and tenderness in joints. Sometimes these types of injuries make the skin color to get changed as blood is accumulated in the nearby tissues.

This type of injuries if treated well, will not again create problem in future, but if left untreated can lead to infection and internal wear and tear in joints and leads to tumors in joint.

If you have pain in your joints due to injuries, then you have to first follow the basic step of RICE.

  • R- Rest: If you give proper rest to you joints, it will never again hurt to in future. Sometimes due to staining your joints the small problem to pain becomes a, life time pain.
  • I-Ice: Try to ice you joints. Keep ice cubes in a cotton cloth and wrap it will. Then have 10-15 minutes of ice massage on your joints.
  • C-Compress: Compress your joints.  It will help your joints to heal early.
  • E-Elevate: This will help the swelling to get minimized.
Along with this you have to follow your doctor’s advice and take the medicines on time.

     Having pain in joints due to arthritis:

Arthritis is defined as a complex musculoskeletal disorder that leads to internal wear and tear of synovial fluid and cartilage around the joints. It is not just a disease when you get old but the fact is that every 2 person out of 10 in Americans have arthritis.
There are many types of arthritis form, but most common diseases that make up arthritis are:
  •   Osteoarthritis (OA):  Called as a progressive degenerative joint disease.
  •   Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): Causes extreme inflammation of the membranes lining the joint.
  •   Juvenile Arthritis (JA): Commonly found in children below the age of 16 year.
Depending upon the type of arthritis, treatment is followed. You have to first consult a doctor; he will examine you and then decide a proper treatment for you. Still the basic treatment includes:

            Medication: It helps to ease the pain and inflammation in your joints. It helps to prevent the further infection in joints. For example corticosteroids or disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs are given to RA to suppress your immune system.

            Surgery: Joints are replaced with an artificial one, but this is the last option when all the other treatment fails.

            Physical Therapy: This is the first and last line defense army of your joints. When your pain is started it’s the first thing to go with this therapy and is continued it till it can be done with ease. 

Preventing joint pain:

If you have pain, then pain can be minimized but for preventing pain you have to take care that your joints don’t get hurt.  Stay healthy and stay away from injuries. This joint pain fact is applicable for both the type of pain- Pain due to injuries or Pain due to arthritis.

 Before ending this one last point that if you have family history of arthritis then it’s wise enough to get yourself diagnosed if pains in joints are unexplainable.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Can Blood test predict who will suffer from arthritis?

Fig: Blood test
Image source: Google search

This statement can put a million dollar smile on the face of many arthritis patient who think that their condition would have been better if they were diagnosed earlier. British scientists has done this breakthrough .

This will make many to take preventative measures form the beginning if they are going to have arthritis in near future and will also save their money to go for joint replacements along with the giving them alert become coming.

It is estimated that more than 8 million people in UK have OA and to this estimation the treatment is only NSAIDs or artificial joints through surgery. All knows OA leads cartilage wear and tear, leading to pain and stiffness in joints.

To this a hopeful statement said by Dr. MohammedSharif, Senior Lecturer of Bristol University-“ We hope to find out whether they can reliably distinguish between a healthy person and a person with osteoarthritis, identify which patients’ condition will get worse, and whether a particular drug is working or not”

Arthritis Research UK has made a £300,000 charity to Dr. Sharif’s team to find out the biomarkers so that it can be used to diagnose the condition and take proper precaution at the beginning itself.

At present there is no single test that can make the diagnosis of osteoarthritis at an early stage. There is no cure for it that make can eliminate the OA from its root. NHS spends at least £5.2billion a year for treating arthritis conditions.

Hope this test comes soon so that OA get caught in time.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What causes arthritis?

If your joints have pain, inflammation, redness, stiffness, swelling. If yes, all these symptoms are basically known as arthritis symptoms. Arthritis is defined as pain and inflammation of musculoskeletal system that affect the joints of your body.

It is estimated that 2 of 5 American is said to have one or the other form of arthritis. It is rising on an alarming rate. Whatever the solution of the problem, it first comes into the mind that-"what causes arthritis?"

To understand in a better way, let's have a look over the working of joints.
    Fig: Normal Healthy Joint
    Source: Google search

  • Joint is basically a junction between two bones. These bones are held together by muscles and ligaments. Due to their proper working bones move with ease and causes no pain in junction point.
  • Then the bones are covered by cartilage to protect them from rubbing to each other. This is a scientific fact that cartilages are the lubricating factor that helps bone to work smoothly without any friction.
  • After that comes the synovial fluid. Synovial fluid nourishes the joint and the cartilage.
  • When you have arthritis the synovial fluid and cartilage starts to wear out. Due to this wear and tear of synovial fluid the bones starts rubbing to each other.
  • Along with that sometimes lack of synovial fluid, infection in the cartilage, or the combination of all can lead to arthritis.

This cause comes under one roof, the other roof reasons are: 

  • Internal injury.
  • Inflammation of the tendon.
  • Bone infection.
  • Overuse of bones.
  • Age and Genetic factor.
  • Cancer.

Whatever the cause if you have unexplained joint pain, then don't waste your time just checked by your doctor.