One of the most common medical conditions in the modern age of medicine, arthritis can have a marked impact on quality of life for both people and animals. Arthritis occurs when a joint becomes inflamed. This inflammation causes damage to the joint surface, turning the healthy, smooth cartilage into a rough, sandpaper-like surface that is painful and stiff during movement.
The most common signs of arthritis are stiffness when first getting up, reluctance to exercise, not wanting to walk and limping. Many owners may think their pet is simply getting old, when in reality the animal is stiff and uncomfortable, and within a small amount of treatment may have a new lease on life.
Arthritis can occur for many reasons. Commonly, arthritis simply occurs from a life-time of wear and tear on a joint from jumping, running and playing. However, arthritis can also have pathological causes, such as immune dysfunction, nutritional deficiencies, abnormal bone growth or trauma.
Whatever the cause, there are excellent treatments available for arthritis and this form of joint degeneration no longer means the end of a happy and active lifestyle.
There are four main element to treatment of arthritis – Arthritis Medication, Nutritional Supplements for Arthritis, Diets for Arthritis and Lifestyle Modification. We are always most successful if we use a combination of these treatments.
Please read on for more information, starting with Arthritis Medication.