What is Rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis can be extremely uncomfortable and painful. This inflammatory autoimmune disorder causes joint inflammation that can lead to deformity and bone erosion.
Symptoms vary due to the many different types of arthritis but pain and inflammation are the common indications. Warning signs present in any of the following symptoms:
- Inflammation and redness
Rheumatoid arthritis can be extremely uncomfortable and painful. This inflammatory autoimmune disorder causes joint inflammation that can lead to deformity and bone erosion. RA occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the affected joints, causing pain and swelling. This can lead to a reduction in movement and the breakdown of bone and cartilage. The cause of most forms of arthritis still remain unknown. Experts suggest that there are many different causes; trauma to the joint, infection of the joint, overuse or age. Genetics and lifestyle behaviors are also thought as drivers for the development of arthritis. However, action can be taken to decrease the pain and discomfort created by RA.
Arthritis treatment generally includes exercise, diet, physiotherapy, medication and sometimes surgery to correct joint damage.
The main aim of arthritis treatment is to provide pain relief and improve the mobility and strength of joints. Treatments for osteoarthritis can help relieve pain and stiffness, but the disease may continue to progress. The same was true for rheumatoid arthritis in the past, but treatments in recent years have been able to slow or stop progression of joint damage. Many rheumatologist recommend cooling therapy to help reduce inflammation and ease the pain and stiffness.
Use a Physicool size A (small) or B (large) bandage whenever you feel pain within your joints will definitely help alleviate the discomfort.
To use, wrap a Physicool cooling bandage around the arthritic joint to draw heat out and reduce pain and inflammation. Physicool is clinically approved cooling therapy used within the NHS, by physiotherapists and at home. Each bandage is reusable and affords all of the benefits of ice without the need for refrigeration, the pain that ice can cause, and the mess.
Once applied to the arthritic area, the coolant on the bandage will evaporate. As evaporation occurs heat is drawn our of the area. This cools the underlying tissues and bones greatly reducing swelling and the pain felt. The bandage can be used for as long as required without any risk of ice-related damage. The cooling benefit will reduce pain and swelling while the compression will limit inflammation. Combined, Physicool will help speed up healing and get you back to what you love doing faster.