Arthritis is one of the oldest diseases known to man. It can and does occur at all ages from infancy to late adulthood.

If you live long enough, you will develop some form of arthritis.

 About 50 million American adults are currently living with some form of arthritis, a chronic health condition that causes pain and stiffness in and around one or more body joints. Some well-known risk factors for developing arthritis are unavoidable (your age, your gender), while others, like being overweight or obese, are under your control.

Medical studies show that 97% of individuals over 50 have some arthritic condition that will show up on all x-ray films.

Today, there are millions of arthritis sufferers in the United States who require medical care.  

Most doctors classify arthritis as the nation's number one crippling disease.

Medical studies have shown that the principle of waterbeds - equal distribution of body weight in a controlled volume of water - will benefit most arthritis.

The even distribution of the patient's weight will reduce pressure on the major joints that are inflamed or affected by different forms of arthritis.

Heat from waterbeds will aid in proper blood circulation thus enhancing the healing process and reducing pain.

The standard mattress will further reduce body heat. Most arthritis suffer the most in early mornings due to several factors: improper sleep supports, immobility and the shutdown of hormones which usually reduce inflammation.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: This is the most common form and can be the most serious. It is a chronic inflammation of one of the major joints of the body. It tends to flare up and unpredictably subside.

Osteoarthritis: A degenerating joint diease which is a wear-and-tear disease. It usually comes with getting older and affects the cartilage and bone at joint sites. This form is usually mild; not generally inflammatory.

About 27 million American adults are currently living with

osteoarthritis, and the number is on the rise. In fact, as the baby-boomer generation ages and the obesity epidemic continues, the number of people who will be diagnosed with osteoarthritis is expected to double by the year 2020. But how can you be sure your joint pain and weakness is due to this most common form of arthritis?

Osteoarthritis Diagnosis: Other Testing

An osteoarthritis diagnosis isn’t solely reliant on your symptom history and the information from the physical exam. A number of tests also are taken to help determine whether you have osteoarthritis. These include:

  • Blood tests. Though there are no blood tests to diagnose osteoarthritis, your doctor may order blood tests to make sure your arthritis symptoms aren’t being caused by another disease.
  • Body mass index (BMI). Your doctor may calculate your BMI to determine if you need to lose weight, which can impact joint pain. BMI is a measurement of your body fat based on your height and weight.
  • Special tests. If the diagnosis is not obvious, your doctor may order special tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI gives the doctor a detailed image of the inside of the joint. Sometimes fluid will be removed from the joint with a long needle for examination. This procedure, called "arthrocentesis," can relieve pain while examination of the joint fluid can detect other causes of arthritis symptoms.
  • X-rays. Depending on the joints that are affected, your doctor may perform X-rays initially, or wait to see how you respond to treatment before ordering them. X-rays confirm findings compatible with osteoarthritis and can help diagnose other causes of arthritis symptoms.
  • Chris Iliades, MD

Ankylosing Spondylitis: Is a chronic progressive form of an inflammatory arthritis of the spine. It usually begins in the teens or early twenties.
: ( Gouty Arthritis ) usually effects one joint at a time. It can attach and inflame any of the joints especially the big toe. Most victims are men. This form of arthritis can be very painful. It is usually treated with special diet and a lifetime of drugs.

The support of a waterbed allows the blood to flow freely to all parts of the body. This boost to circulation is futher enhanced by the warmth from heated flotation systems.