Homeopathy and Joint Troubles
Joint pain can be caused by many types of injuries or conditions, but regardless of what causes it, it can be very bothersome. For example, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes stiffness and pain in the joints. Osteoarthritis involves growth of bone spurs and degeneration of cartilage at a joint. It is very common in adults older than 45 and can cause joint pain. Joint pain may also be caused by bursitis (inflammation of the bursae, which are fluid-filled sacs that cushion and pad bony prominences, allowing muscles and tendons to move freely over the bone). Other causes of joint pain include lupus, gout, infectious diseases (such as Epstein-Barr viral syndrome, influenza, hepatitis), injury, osteomyelitis, tendonitis, overuse or exertion.
In most cases, both rest and exercise are important, and warm baths, massage, and stretching exercises can also help alleviate some symptoms. However, in more serious cases, this may be insufficient, and today we see increasing numbers of people seeking alternatives to the typical prescription or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs. Such drugs can have undesirable side effects, and can also suppress symptoms to the extent that healing is hindered, or complaints are driven to an even deeper level within the body.
How can Homeopathy help?
Homeopathy works by boosting and stimulating your body's own ability to heal itself. The remedies used by a professional homeopath are individualised to fit your specific set of symptoms, and work by treating the whole person as opposed to simply trying to control localised symptoms. This means the problem is attacked at the root cause instead of the more superficial level of trying to control symptoms themselves.