ARTHRITIS AWARENESS: The Basics

Updated: Jul 28

The hip bone is connected to the…knee bone…the knee bone is connected to the…ankle bone. These “connections” that we grew up singing about are called joints. When we’re young, they generally don’t cause us much trouble. But with age comes a fun plethora of sensations including joint pain.


The overarching catch-all term for joint pain is “arthritis”. A very familiar but blurry term. The actual definition of ar-thri-tis is “a disease that causes one or more joints of the body to become painful and swollen.” But what is causing the joint(s) to become painful and swollen? That’s where arthritis gets interesting…





This month, we are going to break arthritis down into four main categories:

  1. Osteoarthritis - caused by a wearing down of cartilage between your bones

  2. Autoimmune Arthritis - caused by inflammation from your own body attacking itself

  3. Infectious Arthritis - caused by a bacterial, viral, protozoan, or STD infection

  4. Crystal-Induced Arthritis - Caused by a buildup of minerals in your joints


For all you joint-achers out there, follow along to figure out what may be causing your achey breaky pains (and how to alleviate them!).

Until next time,

Dr. Chelsea Leander ND, RH (AHG)

References:

  1. https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0915/p1151.html

  2. https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/us/definition/english/arthritis#:~:text=arthritis-,noun,swollen%20(%3D%20larger%20than%20normal)

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