Recent research on arthritis confirmed that two-thirds of people affected with this debilitating disease are under the age of 65. While over 300,000 children in the US are already affected, over 180 million people in India have been diagnosed with this disease whose prevalence is higher than well-known ailments such as AIDS, cancer or diabetes.
So, is there any remedy for a disease that gradually weakens our joints and other body parts? – Yes! Apart from the suggested modern medicines, the ancient Indian practice of yoga has shown great results on the body’s ability to ward off arthritis. How? Let’s find out!
Derived from the root word ‘arth’ meaning joint, and ‘itis’ meaning inflammation; arthritis is a name given to a group of over 100 auto immune diseases that affect the joints and tissues surrounding it. Typically characterized by pain and stiffness, the disease can also affect internal organs leading to serious deformities.
For those suffering from this painful disease, lack of activity or exercise can further harm their joints, which is why yoga and other forms of exercise are always recommended to alleviate and manage all symptoms of the disease.
Is it Time to Meet the Doctor?
The symptoms of the disease are varied, and often misunderstood as normal stiffness or pain in the body. If you are facing any of the following signs mentioned below, it would be advisable to meet the doctor immediately.
Severe joint pain that degenerates with movement and temporarily improves with rest.
Joints feel warm.
Rigidity and stiffness especially if the body is not into any activity.
Winter and monsoon months bring along more stiffness.