Arthritis is a prevalent condition characterized by inflammation of one or more joints, causing pain, swelling, and difficulty in movement. While it is more prevalent among older adults, arthritis can affect people of all ages, including men, women, and children. With proper treatment and management, people with arthritis can maintain an active lifestyle despite its challenges.

What are the different types of arthritis:

Arthritis is a heterogeneous group of conditions with over 100 different forms, but the two most prevalent ones are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a gradual degenerative process caused by the natural aging of the cartilage protecting the joints. On the other hand, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the joints, leading to swelling and chronic pain.

Signs and Symptoms of Arthritis - How to Know if You Have Arthritis

Arthritis, also known as joint pain, is a painful condition that affects millions of people and can vary in intensity and duration depending on the type of arthritis (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis) and the joints affected. The signs and symptoms of arthritis include:

  • joint stiffness
  • aching
  • swelling
  • limited range of motion, and
  • chronic pain that can range from dull aches to sharp, burning sensations. The arthritis pain can be worse in the morning or after sitting or standing for extended periods, and its severity can fluctuate.
  • Additionally, other symptoms such as fatigue and fever may accompany arthritis pain.

Understanding the signs and symptoms of arthritis can aid in early diagnosis and effective treatment.

Causes and Risk Factors of Osteoarthritis

Arthritis is a complex condition that is influenced by several factors, including age, gender, injury, genetics, obesity, overuse, occupation, sports, poor alignment, and underlying medical conditions. Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is particularly influenced by:

  • Aging, as the joints naturally wear down over time
  • Women are also more susceptible to osteoarthritis compared to men
  • Trauma or injury to a joint
  • Genetics
  • Excess weight, Excess weight puts extra stress on the joints.
  • Repetitive motions, heavy lifting, and participating in high-impact sports can all increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis.
  • In addition, medical conditions such as metabolic disorders and inflammatory conditions may also contribute to the risk of developing osteoarthritis. It's essential to understand the multiple factors that contribute to the development of arthritis for effective management and treatment.

Causes and Risk Factors of Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder that affects the joints and surrounding tissues, causing pain, swelling, and joint damage. While the exact cause of RA is unknown, there are several known risk factors that may increase the likelihood of developing the disease. These include:

  • Genetics, with RA being more common in families with a history of the disease, and certain genetic variations linked to an increased risk of RA
  • Smoking is another well-known risk factor for RA, and smokers are more likely to develop RA and have a more severe form of the disease compared to non-smokers
  • Environmental factors, such as exposure to certain toxins and pollutants
  • Hormonal factors
  • Obesity, and
  • History of autoimmune disorders, such as lupus and Sjogren's syndrome, may also increase the risk of developing RA.

It's worth noting that having one or more of these risk factors does not guarantee that a person will develop RA, and not everyone with RA will have a known risk factor.

How common is arthritis?

Arthritis affects millions globally: Knee osteoarthritis affects 22% of 40-year-olds worldwide (E-Clinical Medicine, 2020), while rheumatoid arthritis affects 14 million globally (WHO, 2021).

How do doctors test/diagnose for arthritis?

Arthritis is a common condition that affects the joints, muscles and bones. To diagnose arthritis, a doctor will first take a patient's medical history and conduct a physical examination. They may also order diagnostic tests such as X-rays, MRI's, CT, Ultrasound or blood tests to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other conditions. Additionally, Rheumatoid factor testing is used to identify the presence of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Furthermore, the analysis of different types of body fluids can also assist in identifying the type of arthritis. Fluids commonly analysed include blood, urine and joint fluid. This helps in providing an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Integrative medicine: Holistic Approaches with Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Homeopathy and Yoga for Arthritis Treatment

Our holistic approach to treating symptoms and diseases takes into account the interaction of the mind, body, and spirit. Any symptoms experienced can stem from reduced immunity, stress, impaired metabolism, previous injuries, emotional baggage, or familial tendencies.

During a comprehensive holistic health evaluation, we gather in-depth information about the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of the patient. Based on this information and a physical examination, we create a personalized holistic treatment protocol that incorporates various medical disciplines, where necessary, combines the services of orthopaedic and rheumatology specialists. Relevant lab tests and investigations may be performed as needed.

The treatment program at our centre is approximately 3-4 weeks, with follow-up treatments scheduled as needed based on individual progress and maybe using radiographic to track progress. Additionally, patients will also be prescribed internal medications to be continued at home, which can be shipped anywhere in the world Over the course of 1.5 to 2 years, our holistic approach to treatment helps to slow the progression of the disease, enhance quality of life, and relieve symptoms such as swelling, pain, and joint stiffness. If you need to follow up, our team is always accessible by phone or email.


Ayurvedic treatments aim to repair and strengthen the joints while delaying the progression of the disease. They also help to reduce inflammation and improving joint and muscle health. Various treatments offer rejuvenation, relief from pain and stiffness, and increased muscle strength. Ayurvedic methods also aim to enhance the quality and production of synovial fluid, as well as support bone density to prevent bone loss. Additionally, internal medications are prescribed to promote joint health, alleviate joint pain and stiffness, and improve synovial fluid quality.


Effective homeopathic remedies to delay the progression of arthritis, enhance bone strength, and alleviate joint pain and stiffness are prescribed.


The practice of asanas and other techniques to decrease joint stiffness and increase mobility are taught. Improved oxygenation and mental peace are achieved through breathing and meditation exercises. Certain pranayama practices are also taught to enhance overall health.


Hydrotherapy for arthritis sufferers is an effective solution for improving joint mobility and reducing pain. Other holistic treatments also help alleviate symptoms such as pain, increase muscle strength, decrease swelling, and reduce joint stiffness, while also boosting immunity.


A nutritional assessment is performed and customized dietary recommendations are provided to boost immunity. A specialized diet and juices are prescribed to enhance bone density, improve red blood cells, and promote tissue regeneration. Vitamin and mineral supplementation is accomplished through dietary adjustments.



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