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Common Arthritis Terms That Can Help You
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Arthritis - Inflammation of a joint, usually accompanied by pain, swelling, and stiffness resulting from infection, trauma, degenerative changes, metabolic disturbances, or other causes. There are many kinds, such as bacterial arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout or dermatomyositis.


Arthroscopy - Examination of the interior of a joint, such as the knee, using a type of telescope that is inserted into the joint through a small incision.


Bursa - A sac or saclike bodily cavity, especially one containing a viscous lubricating fluid and located between a tendon and a bone or at points of friction between moving structures.


Bursitis - Inflammation of a bursa, especially in the shoulder, elbow, or knee joint.


Fibromyalgia - A syndrome characterized by chronic pain in the muscles and soft tissues surrounding joints, fatigue, and tenderness at specific sites in the body. Also called fibromyalgia syndrome, fibromyositis, fibrositis.


Gout - A disturbance of uric acid metabolism occurring chiefly in males, characterized by painful inflammation of the joints, especially of the feet and hands, and arthritic attacks resulting from elevated levels of uric acid in the blood and the deposition of urate crystals around the joints. The condition can become chronic and result in deformity.


Inflammation - A reaction of tissue or joints to injury or disease that shows up as swelling, heat, redness and/or pain.


Joint - The junction where two bones meet. They are usually composed of ligaments, cartilage, synovium, joint space and fibrous capsule.


Ligaments - The banded cord-like tissue that connect the bones.


Osteoarthritis - A form of arthritis, occurring mainly in older persons, that is characterized by chronic degeneration of the cartilage of the joints. Also called degenerative joint disease.


Osteoporosis - A disease in which the bones become extremely porous, are subject to fracture, occurring especially in women following menopause and often leads to collapse of the spine and broken hips.


Range of Motion - A measurement of how much a joint can go through all of its normal motion.


Rheumatoid Arthritis - A chronic disease marked by stiffness and inflammation of the joints, weakness, loss of mobility, and potential crippling.


Rheumatology - The medical specialty that deals with the study and treatment of rheumatic diseases such as arthritis.


Tendonitis - Inflammation of a tendon.


Tendons - The fibrous cords that connect the bone and muscle.

“I have post-polio syndrome.  The pain in my legs and hands is unbearable at times.  My joints are swollen and painful.  Arthritis had taken over my fingers and arms.  My daughter who is a patient at Arthritis Treatment Center told me about the glucosamine and chondroitin called Joint Food they sell at ATC.  I gave it a try.  I noticed an improvement immediately.  My pain was gone!  There was no more swelling in my hands and legs.  If I forget to take my Joint Food I can tell right away.  At Christmas I ran out of Joint Food and didn’t take it for a week.  The pain came right back.  When I bought more and doubled up on it at first the pain was gone!  Joint Food is a life saver for me!” Beatrice Carpenter -
Hagerstown, Maryland
“I couldn’t reach behind my back to get my wallet out of my pocket.  I couldn’t scratch my back.  But the worst part of it all was that I couldn’t sleep.  I tried all kinds of over the counter medicines and rubs and nothing helped.  I dreaded to see night come because I knew I’d be up most of the night.  It just got to the point where something had to be done.  I had brought my wife to the Arthritis Treatment Center (ATC) a while ago for her osteoporosis, so I decided to come see Dr. Wei too.  I figured he could help me too.  With the treatment and medicine Dr. Wei has me on which includes Joint Food, has just done wonders for me.  I don’t know what’s in that Joint Food but it works!  I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Wei and what he’s done for me.  My son who is 40-years old is a truck driver.  He has pain in his knees and I’m trying to get him to see Dr. Wei before it gets too bad.  I recommend anyone with pain or arthritis to come to Arthritis Treatment Center!”
Oliver Hoffman -
Thurmont, Maryland


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