Ayurvedic Treatment - Arthritis & Joint Pain

Amavata Clinical features of Amavata Rheumatoid Arthritis Spondylosis Causes of Spondylosis Sciatica Causes of Sciatica

According to Ayurveda all diseases of joints come under Vata Vyadhi

Amavata

Overview

Joint disorders are the most commonly observed complaints in today’s society. Changing life styles, malnourishment due to various causes, lack of physical activity are some prime predisposing factors. Ayurveda explains joint disorders with a deeper understanding. Amavata is a condition linked not only to joint disorder but to weakness of digestive fire and formation of poisonous and harmful content called as Ama. Morbid association of Ama with aggravated vata dosha gives rise to a very critical and chronic disease named as Amavata. Hereditary trait is also prevalent factor for onset of this disease.

Clinical features: Roopa

  1. Pain all over the body.
  2. Insipid mouth.
  3. Thirst.
  4. Loss of enthusiasm.
  5. Heaviness of body.
  6. Fever.
  7. Indigestion.
  8. Numbness at affected joint.
  9. Condition becomes serious when aggravates and affects all the joints of hands, feet, head, ankle, sacrum, knee and thighs.
  10. Severe inflammation with pain is produced wherever the morbid substance- Ama is located. Symptoms shift from site to site (joint to joint) as per shifting of Ama from one joint to another. This is caused due to nature of the disease.(vyadhi swabhava).
  11. Affected sites- joints become extremely painful as if stung by a scorpion.
  12. Diminution in power Of digestive fire.
  13. Hyper salivation.
  14. Heaviness in the body.
  15. Loss of enthusiasm.
  16. Loss of taste.
  17. Sensation of burning.
  18. Excessive urination.
  19. Hardness at loin.
  20. Pain in abdomen.
  21. Insomnia/ disturbed sleep.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long lasting autoimmune disorder that primarily affects joints. It typically results in warm, swollen, and painful joints. Pain and stiffness often worsen following rest. Most commonly, the wrist and hands are involved, with the same joints typically involved on both sides of the body. The disease may also affect other parts of the body. This may result in a low red blood cell count, inflammation around the lungs, and inflammation around the heart. Fever and low energy may also be present. Often, symptoms come on gradually over weeks to months.

While the cause of rheumatoid arthritis is not clear, it is believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Vitamin D deficiency also may be taken as a cause for development of RA. The underlying mechanism involves the body’s immune system attacking the joints. This results in inflammation and thickening of the joint capsule. It also affects the underlying bone and cartilage. The diagnosis is made mostly on the basis of a person's signs and symptoms. X-rays and laboratory testing may support a diagnosis or exclude other diseases with similar symptoms. Other diseases that may present similarly include systemic lupus erythematosus, psoriatic arthritis, and fibromyalgia among others.

Spondylosis

he term Spondylosis is derived from greek word meaning “a vertebra”, in plural “vertebrae or the backbone”. Spondylosis is degenerative type of osteoarthritis of the joints between the center of the vertebrae or neural foramina. If this condition occurs in the facet joints, it can be considered facet syndrome. If severe, it may cause pressure on nerve roots with subsequent sensory or motor disturbances, such as pain, paresthesia, and muscle weakness in the limbs.

When the space between two adjacent vertebrae narrows, compression of a nerve root emerging from the spinal cord may result in radiculopathy - sensory and motor disturbances, such as severe pain in the neck, shoulder, arm, back, or leg, accompanied by muscle weakness. Less commonly, direct pressure on the spinal cord (typically in the cervical spine) may result in myelopathy, characterized by global weakness, gait dysfunction, loss of balance, and loss of bowel or bladder control. The patient may experience shocks (paresthesia) in hands and legs because of nerve compression and lack of blood flow. If vertebrae of the neck are involved it is labelled cervical spondylosis. Lower back spondylosis is labeled lumbar spondylosis.

Causes

  1. Pressure: years of constant abnormal pressure, from joint subluxation or poor posture, being placed on the vertebrae, and the discs between them. Poor postures and loss of the normal spinal curves can lead to spondylosis as well. Spondylosis can affect a person at any age; however, older people are more susceptible.
  2. Spondylosis is caused from the abnormal stress causes the body to form new bone in order to compensate for the new weight distribution. This abnormal weight bearing from bone displacement will cause spondylosis to occur

Sciatica

Sciatica - sciatic neuritis-sciatic neuralgia or lumbar radiculopathy is a set of symptoms including pain caused by general compression or irritation of one of five spinal nerve roots of each sciatic nerve or by compression or irritation of the left or right or both sciatic nerves. Sciatica is a relatively common form of lower back and leg pain, but the true meaning of the term is often misunderstood. Sciatica is a set of symptoms rather than a diagnosis for what is irritating the root of the nerve to cause the pain. The first known use of the word sciatica dates from 1451.

The term sciatica describes a symptom rather than a specific disease. Some use it to mean any pain starting in the lower back and going down the leg. Others use the term more specifically to mean a nerve dysfunction caused by compression of one or more lumbar or sacral nerve roots from a spinal disc herniation. Pain typically occurs in the distribution of a dermatome and goes below the knee to the foot. It may be Associated with neurological dysfunction, such As weakness. The pain is characteristically of shooting type, quickly traveling along the course of the nerve.

Causes

Spinal disc herniation : Spinal disc herniation pressing on one of the lumbar or sacral nerve roots is the primary cause of sciatica, being present in about 90% of cases. Sciatica caused by pressure from a disc herniation and swelling of surrounding tissue can spontaneously subside if the tear in the disc heals and the pulposus extrusion and inflammation cease.

  1. Spinal stenosis : A condition in which the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord, cauda equina, or sciatic nerve roots. This narrowing can be caused by bone spurs, spondylolisthesis, inflammation, or herniated disc, which decreases available space for the spinal cord, thus pinching and irritating nerves from the spinal cord that travel to the sciatic nerves.
  2. Piriformis syndrome : Piriformis syndrome is a controversial condition that, depending on the analysis, varies from a “very rare” cause to contributing to up to 8% of low back or buttock pain. It has colloquially been referred to as “wallet sciatica” since a wallet carried in a rear hip pocket compresses the buttock muscles and sciatic nerve when the bearer sits down. Piriformis syndrome cause sciatica when the nerve root is normal.
  3. Pregnancy: Sciatica may also occur during pregnancy as a result of the weight of the fetus pressing on the sciatic nerve during sitting or during leg spasms. While most cases do not directly harm the fetus or the mother, indirect harm may come from the numbing effect on the legs, which can cause loss of balance and falling. There is no standard treatment for pregnancy induced sciatica.
  4. Other causes: Tumours on the spinal chord, trauma to the spine, such as from a car accident, cauda equina syndrome.

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