The pain of arthritis is crippling when not manage correctly. The disease is caused by joints filling with synovial fluid that leaks out from behind a membrane as a result of an injury. This is a straw-colored fluid that reduces friction between articular cartilages of synovial joints during movement. It is normally contained in joint cavities but crystallisation of the normally viscous fluid can prevent joint movement and so cause pain through inflammation.
This is a very simple and basic explanation without the medical jargon that many may not comprehend. What we are doing here is simply clarifying the cause of arthritic pain. Joints usually take on a yellowish color while the pain is caused by the fluid itself. Inflammation of the area increases pain considerably.
Sufferers are usually prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs to help lower the stress but diet should be a major concern as it has a great deal to do with it. Foods that cause inflammation are things like milk, refined flour (used in cakes, batter, scones, pancakes, bread, and so on), starch, such as custards and cornflour, and a heap of other things. Avoidance of anything that contains flour or any of the starches should be avoided.
Exercise is also vital to keep joints mobile. Walking and running are favorite forms of exercise but gardening and anything that gets the body in motion is good. For older people they can do push up leaning against a chair and stretches pushing back on limbs while holding the back of chair or leaning against a wall.
The old adage of 'use it or lose it' is good to remember as once joints seal from being glued shut it is hard to get them mobile again.