RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS "Feel the Mint"
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that results in a chronic, systemic inflammatory disorder that may affect many tissues and organs,
but principally attacks flexible (synovial) joints. It can be a disabling and painful condition, which can lead to substantial loss of functioning and mobility
if not adequately treated.
Arthritis of joints involves inflammation of the synovial membrane. Joints become swollen, tender and warm, and stiffness limits their movement.
With time, multiple joints are affected (it is a polyarthritis). Most commonly involved are the small joints of the hands, feet and cervical spine,
but larger joints like the shoulder and knee can also be involved.
RA typically manifests with signs of inflammation, with the affected joints being swollen, warm, painful and stiff,
particularly early in the morning on waking or following prolonged inactivity. Increased stiffness early in the morning is often a prominent
feature of the disease and typically lasts for more than an hour. Gentle movements may relieve symptoms in early stages of the disease.
These signs help distinguish rheumatoid from non-inflammatory problems of the joints, often referred to as osteoarthritis or "wear-and-tear" arthritis.
In arthritis of non-inflammatory causes, signs of inflammation and early morning stiffness are less prominent with stiffness typically less than 1 hour,
and movements induce pain caused by mechanical arthritis. The pain associated with RA is induced at the site of inflammation and classified as nociceptive
as opposed to neuropathic.
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Skinner's Salve
Customer's constantly call in to inform us of ways that Skinner's Salve has help them. One of the frequent comments we receive is how it helps relieve pain and
soreness for those dealing with rheumatoid arthritis. They say to hold your hands or feet under warm water for a minute to warm up the area, then apply
some Skinner's Salve. It relieves pain and soreness in the area and allows you to better function throughout the day.