Dr Srikant Morlawar, CMD, Homeocare International, responds to common queries on rheumatoid arthritis
1. Is rheumatoid arthritis an inherited condition ?
It is not hereditary,but the tendency to develop rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may be genetically inherited. Certain genes have been found that increases the risk of RA. The condition affects one in 50 people and is three times more common in women than in men. Sometimes, smoking also appears to increase the risk of developing RA.
2. What causes Rheumatoid Arthritis and how does it affect your everyday life ?
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an auto immune disorder which means that the immune system attacks the body’s own healthy tissues.The cause for RA is unknown. Even though infectious agents such as virus, bacteria and fungi have long been suspected, none has been proven as the cause. It is also thought to be due to a combination of genetic, environmental and hormonal factors. Adapting family life, work and relationships to the realities of pain and fatigue is a daily fact of life with RA. But it has been seen that homeopathy is changing the lives of patients with RA.
3. RA is often associated with elderly people Are even young people affected ?
Around 80% of the RA sufferers develop this condition between the ages of 35 and 50. However, people as young as 20 may also suffer this debilitating disease.
4. What kind of surgery is available for RA Is homeopathy helpful ?
RA mainly affects multiple joints which are needed for everyday activities. In some cases,joint surgery or replacement can relieve disabling pain and restore motion to allow daily activities, but with low success rates. At Homeocare International, patients with RA are treated in a with higher success rates. If lowered immunity is the cause of RA, as it is believed in most cases, constitutional homeopathic treatment elevates the level of immunity, prevents further deterioration of joints and also reduce the intensity and frequency of the pain. While conventional treatment consists of longterm use of anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids with plenty of side effects, homeopathic medication has no side effects and also frees patient from continual dependency on allopathic drugs.
5. Who is at a risk of RA ?
RA affects 1 in 50 people and is three times more common in women than in men. It is most common in young and middle aged adults but also affects children and elderly.
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