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Arthritis may be characterized as a disease of the skeletal system with discomforts like joint pain, buttock pain, knee pain, ankle pain, wrist pain,calcifications embedded into the bone, mobility restriction and abnormalities in the blood chemistry;such as, elevated C-reactive protein.The HLA-B27 gene is an important marker for disposition to a spondyloarthropathy.
Arthritis may be managed with a combination of drugs like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS), as well as,physical therapy and dietary changes to remove foods that aggravate the level of inflammation in the body.Sometimes,arthritis sufferers have secondary symptoms related to inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.
A Gastroenterologist may be needed to confirm the bowel disease with tests like a barium, colonoscopy and specialized blood tests like the C-reactive protein, SED rate (blood sedimentation), white count elevation etc.A patient needs to assemble a diverse medical team to manage this disease successfully over time.Nutrition is an important component as is the involvement of a qualified physical therapist and even a nutritionist.
The patient's medical team needs to track a number of blood markers very carefully so that internal inflammations are well controlled.The reason is that the internal inflammations may relate to pain experienced by the patient.This book explains which physicians and specialists need to be engaged to manage this disease successfully over time.
Dr.Joseph S Maresca is an Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer with over 1590 book reviews and 11,500+ affirmative votes from readers.This book should provide readers with a simple road map to understand arthritis in its various forms.The book will be very helpful in formulating a successful approach for diagnosing arthritis, managing treatment options and following a consistent daily routine to preserve health and deal systematically with pain and associated psychological issues.
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