Millions of American adults suffer from pain and stiffness in the joints, caused by inflammatory process, medically called arthritis.

This term usually describes nearly 200 health issues that affects not only the joints, but also surrounding tissues.

The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. In this disease cartilage, located inside the joint, becomes thin and breaks down. That leads to rubbing between bones and swelling in the joint.

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Medical specialists say that age, excessive weight, injury and family predisposition play major role in the development of this disorder.

People with osteoarthritis usually complain of soreness and stiffness in the joints, poor coordination and progressing disability.

Other type of joint problems is called rheumatoid arthritis. In this autoimmune disorder, person's immune system attacks his or her own joint tissue, causing pain, morning stiffness and deformities in the joints on both sides of the body.

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Sometimes urate crystals may accumulate inside the joints, making them extremely painful. This condition, called gout, affects about 3.9 adults in the US.

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There is high number of other problems, like juvenile arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and infectious arthritis, which can make influence on your joints and cause uncomfortable symptoms.

Your doctor can recommend you anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve arthritis symptoms.

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The good news is also that we have ability to improve joint pain in natural way, using these simple tips:

#1. Maintain healthy weight – your extra kilos put excessive pressure on the knees, spine, ankles and other weight-bearing joints. That's why shedding pounds is No.1 option in treating arthritis.

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#2. Apply heat and cold – hot compressions can increase blood flow to the affected area and relax muscles in those, who suffer from osteoarthritis. Ice packs, in turn, can appear helpful in alleviating muscle sprain and strain because cold reduces inflammation and swelling.

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#3. Exercise – stretching, aerobics and swimming can help you enhance flexibility in the joints, increase range of movements and reduce pain. But don't overdo with physical activity, as high-impact exercises like jumping or running can aggravate arthritis symptoms.

#4. Use relaxation techniques – numerous studies show that meditation, yoga, progressive muscle relaxation and deep breathing can help you cope with painful sensations and decrease depression.

#5. Acupuncture – this ancient Chinese method involves inserting tiny needles at specific points in your body, in order to release energy, called chi. Acupuncture is supposed to renew balance in the body and relieve arthritis pain.

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#6. Try a massage – regular massage is a good way to improve your joint pain, stiffness and enhance range of motion. It's really important that your massage therapist should know about your arthritis and how to work with people, who have this disorder.

#7. Speak about herbal supplements – ask your doctor about possible benefits of taking some supplements, such as ginkgo, devil’s claw and bromelain, which were found to alleviate joint pain.

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