Thursday, February 4, 2016

Arthritis a Leading Cause of Disability in Canada

Nearly 5 million Canadians suffer from arthritis making it a leading cause of disability in Canada. This number is estimated to grow to 8 million by 2036.

Arthritis is a chronic condition that causes inflammation of the joints. Certain forms of the disease occur when the immune system attacks the body’s tissues. The skin, chest, eyes and other organs can also be affected. While there is no known cure for arthritis, its symptoms can be controlled through diet and exercise, as well as medications.

Joint Pain

At Brentwood Medical Clinic in Burnaby, BC, the most common symptom of arthritis  that patients present to Dr. Ali Ghahary with is joint pain. This condition may also cause limited range of motion, stiffness, loss of   flexibility, difficulty moving, tenderness, muscle aches, and fatigue. In some cases it may also cause impaired lung function, weight loss, swollen lymph nodes and fever. Those with arthritis are more likely to develop depression, heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

 Smoking and obesity has also been linked to an increased risk of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.


Treatment options depend on the type of arthritis. Some patients will require physical therapy, pain relief medications, anti-inflammatory drugs, and in some cases, surgery. The best way to control the symptoms of arthritis is to prevent and reduce the inflammation in your body. A diet high in essential fats and low in gluten, lactose, and allergens can help relieve swollen joints. Green tea, omega-3 fats  and carotenes (cantaloupe, carrots and spinach) have all been said to help alleviate symptoms of arthritis. Patients may also benefit from alternative therapies such as pulsed electromagnetic field therapy.