How MMJ Health can help Arthritis Patients

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is commonly thought to be the result of normal wear and tear on the body and joints throughout the years, but that is not the case. While arthritis is very common it is not well understood. Arthritis is not just one disease, it is a common way to refer to joint pain or joint disease where the swelling and tenderness of the joints, as well as pain and stiffness, worsen with age.

While anyone can be afflicted with arthritis across all ages and sexes, the disease is more commonly found in women and elderly people. It is also the number one cause of disability in America, afflicting more than 50 million people that struggle with some form of arthritis.

What causes arthritis?

Scientists have found that there are many genes that can make people more susceptible to developing arthritis. If you have a gene that is linked to arthritis or an underlying condition, you may experience a trigger – like a virus or an injury – that could jumpstart the condition.

Symptoms of Arthritis

Common arthritis symptoms include:

These symptoms can come and go. They can also range from mild, to moderate, or severe in nature. Some patients experience a plateau of their condition, while others can see a degenerative increase in progression over time.

Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, the inability to perform daily activities and sufferers may experience difficulty walking or climbing stairs.

These symptoms can come and go. They can also range from mild, to moderate, or severe in nature. Some patients experience a plateau of their condition, while others can see a degenerative increase in progression over time.

Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, the inability to perform daily activities and sufferers may experience difficulty walking or climbing stairs.

A severe condition may also cause permanent joint changes, while most can only be seen on an x-ray some can become visible, such as knobby fingers and clubbing of the knuckles and joints. Some types of arthritis also affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys, and skin as well as the joints.

If you notice any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor.

Different Types of Arthritis

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Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage wears away and bone rubs against bone, causing pain swelling, and stiffness.

A healthy immune system is protective and will normally produce mild inflammation to get rid of infections and prevent disease. But with inflammatory arthritis, the immune system does not work as it should and mistakenly attacks the joints with too much inflammation that could lead to joint erosion.

This excess of inflammation may also damage internal organs, eyes, and other body parts over time.

Rheumatoid, psoriatic, ankylosing spondylitis, and gout are all examples of inflammatory arthritis.

With this sort of autoimmune and inflammatory type of arthritis, early diagnosis and treatment are critical to slowing the advancement of the disease in order to prevent and minimize permanent joint damage.

When a bacterium, virus, or fungi such as salmonella, shigella, chlamydia, gonorrhea, or hepatitis-C, enters the joint and triggers inflammation. This type of arthritis may become chronic.

Uric acid is formed as the body breaks down a substance found in human cells and many foods, known as purines. Some people produce extra uric acid and have high levels due to their body not being able to rid itself of it quickly enough. This can build up and form needle-like crystals in the joints that result in sudden spikes of extreme joint pain or a gout attack. Gout can come and go in episodes or
become chronic.

Diagnosing Arthritis

The first step in diagnosing arthritis is to get an accurate picture of what is causing your joint pain. Your doctor may ask about your medical history, give you a physical exam, take samples for lab testing, or take x-rays of your joints.

Please see a licensed doctor to get properly diagnosed with arthritis. MMJ Health has professional and knowledgeable Medical Marijuana Specialists that can create a treatment plan that works for your lifestyle.

What can a Florida Medical Marijuana clinic do for Arthritis?

There are many treatments that can help relieve pain and help you live with arthritis. You should talk to your doctor about the best treatment options for you. While doctors and scientists are still gathering the science, there are more and more arthritis patients looking to medical marijuana as an option that may help alleviate their joint pain and other arthritis symptoms.

Under Amendment 2, arthritis may be a qualifying condition for a medical marijuana card in Florida.

If you are currently suffering from arthritis and would like to talk to our certified Florida Marijuana doctors, you can book an appointment and come to any of our 10 convenient MMJ Health locations.

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