By 2030, an estimated 67 million Americans ages 18 years or older are projected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

An estimated 294,000 children under age 18 have some form of arthritis or rheumatic condition; this represents approximately 1 in every 250 children in the U.S.

People with doctor-diagnosed arthritis have significantly worse Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) than those without arthritis. People with this doctor-diagnosed condition report more than twice as many unhealthy days and three times as many days with activity limitations in the past month than those without arthritis.

In 2003, the total cost attributed to arthritis and other rheumatic conditions in the United States was 128 billion dollars, up from 86.2 billion dollars in 1997.

Those are some alarming numbers!  So many cases – so much suffering!

Arthritis is a result of a breakdown in cartilage or inflammation.  Cartilage protects joints and enables smooth movement by absorbing shock when pressure is placed on a joint. Without the usual amount of cartilage, the bones rub together and this causes pain, swelling (inflammation), and stiffness.  The treatment of arthritis depends on the particular cause of the disease, on the joints that are affected, on the severity of the disorder and on the effect it has on your daily activities. Your age and occupation will also be taken into consideration when your doctor works with you to create a treatment plan.

If possible, treatment will focus on eliminating the underlying cause of the arthritis. However, sometimes the cause is NOT curable, as with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In this case, the aim of treatment will be to reduce pain and discomfortand prevent further disability. Symptoms of osteoarthritis and other long-term types of arthritis can often be improved without medications. Making lifestyle changes without medications is preferable for osteoarthritis and other forms of joint inflammation .

Can Emu Oil Help Arthritis?

YES!  Emu oil is an all-natural anti-inflammatory.  Since arthritis is associated with inflammation, topically applying pure Emu oil and ingesting Emu oil gel caps may help in the reduction of that inflammation.  There are many Emu oil added-value products on the market today that are made specifially to aid in the relief of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, reiter’s syndrome, gout, scleraderma, fibromyalgia and adult Still’s disease.  These pain relief aids incorporate Emu oil as a carrier oil to help bring other substances deep into the dermis where relief is needed.