Chris D. Meletis, N.D.
Arthritis literally means “inflammation of the joint.” If the diagnosis and treatment of this disorder was easy, the 40 million Americans who are currently suffering from the most prevalent form of arthritis, osteoarthritis, would not be suffering the consequences of joint degeneration.
Although arthritis can take on many forms, including gouty, septic, psoriatic, and rheumatoid, the ultimate degeneration that occurs in all forms involves cartilage loss. Therefore, this review of the literature focuses on osteoarthritis and general approaches that can be taken to nourish and support healthy cartilage and its formation.
It is estimated that 80 percent of people over the age of fifty suffer from some degree of osteoarthritis. Degenerative arthritis affects more men prior to age 45, and more women thereafter. Generally speaking, weight-bearing joints, such as the hips, spine, knees, and hands, are most commonly involved. These joints are especially prone to degeneration as a result of greater wear and tear they experience than other tissues throughout the body experience.