There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for arthritis. This is because the broad category that we call arthritis is made up of a number of conditions. All of them have different causes which then require different treatments. Here are the basics when it comes to natural remedies for arthritis, as well as interventional treatments for advanced cases.

What causes arthritis pain? 

Before you can know what you’re treating, it is essential to understand the underlying cause for your symptoms.

Both genetic and environmental factors can cause the onset of various types of arthritis. The risk of arthritis does increase with age but gender also plays a role. Women and men are likely to suffer from different forms of arthritis.

Increased bodyweight may also play a role. This is especially true in the joints in the lower extremities which are under the stress of the excess weight. An injury to a joint may also increase the risk for developing arthritis. Also, from repetitive types of strains, such as with a work situation, can lead to arthritis.

The term arthritis actually refers to a broad category of conditions. Typically arthritis will cause pain in the joints though the underlying source is quite different between the various forms.

Types of arthritis

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over 54 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis. The two most common forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis which, combined, affect nearly 30 million people. Women are more likely to receive a diagnosis than men.

Let’s take a closer look at several arthritis conditions and their underlying causes.


This most common form of arthritis is considered a wear and tear condition that is associated with aging. As the tissues that cushion the joints in areas such as the hips or knees begin to wear away, it can cause pain, swelling, and discomfort.

The cartilage that protects joints during movement can deteriorate over time. At first the cartilage becomes rough but eventually it will wear away all together. When this happens the bone will rub directly against bone.

While osteoarthritis is connected with aging and the long-term deterioration of the protective tissues between joints it doesn’t only affect the elderly. Other causes can include injuries, improper lift techniques, and repetitive motions.

Rheumatoid arthritis

This arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation and affects small joints such as those in the hands and feet. This condition, unlike osteoarthritis, is caused when the body’s immune system attacks otherwise healthy cells.

Rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining between joints which causes painful swelling and inflammation and can even lead to joint deformity over time. While this is happening the tendons and ligaments that hold the affected bones together for natural movement will stretch and weaken.

Since this form of arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, there is no way to prevent it from occurring. However, individuals can use a variety of techniques to help alleviate pain in their joints during flare-ups.

Juvenile arthritis

A form of rheumatoid arthritis, this condition affects individuals typically under the age of 16. Severe cases of the disease can affect normal growth. Like rheumatoid arthritis this condition affects the joints causing inflammation.

As with adult-onset rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. It occurs when the immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues in the joints. The reason this happens is still unknown, but some studies have shown that both heredity and environment play a part. It is also believed that some gene mutations may also cause individuals to be susceptible to environmental factors that trigger the disease such as certain viruses.

Many young patients only experience the symptoms for a short time, while others are affected by the condition for the rest of their lives. As with rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, there is no cure but there are many ways to control the pain.


When uric acid builds up in the system, it can cause sharp crystals to develop in the body and be deposited in joints in the extremities. It most commonly affects the joint in the big toe and causes excruciating pain and sensitivity to even light pressure. Uric acid is a waste product and is typically eliminated from the body through urination. However, if the kidneys are unable to process it correctly it can build up in the system.

These sharp urate crystals form around the joints causing intense pain. There is no actual cure for gout but patients can manage the condition by eliminating alcohol and moderating the amount of protein in their diet.

Getting started with natural remedies for arthritis

Because there is no single arthritis diagnosis, natural remedies for arthritis and more advanced treatments depend on:

  • The specific condition and severity
  • How it affects the individual
  • How it responds to treatment

While there aren’t any specific cures for any of these types of arthritis, patients can learn to manage the symptoms and reduce their pain substantially. Because these conditions affect more than just the immediate areas, it is important to embrace the entire human experience to treat them properly.

Increased pain caused by any form of arthritis can lead to depression, anxiety, or a decreased desire to do activities that were once the cornerstone of someone’s life.

Embracing an overall health and wellness approach that incorporates nutrition, exercise, and mental well-being can mean the difference between suffering and thriving. Since there isn’t a one-size-fits-all treatment for these multiple forms of arthritis, the inclusion of a holistic health approach to your existing lifestyle can increase your daily engagement and provide a foundation for more energy and less pain.

Here’s some natural remedies for arthritis you can try.

1. Home remedies for arthritis 

Many home remedies are steeped in history and have quite a bit of good old-fashioned common sense behind them. There are many things you can do at home that will help relieve the pain caused by multiple forms of arthritis.

These natural remedies for arthritis include:

  • Heat: Keeping the joints warm when you’re experiencing pain can help alleviate the symptoms. Use a heating pad or wrap the joint with a scarf to keep warm.
  • Epsom salts: As noted in more detail below, the magnesium sulfate in Epsom salt can help provide relief for aching joints. For pain in your hips or knees, run a warm bath and add a half cup of Epsom salts to the water.
  • Olive oil: It may sound crazy but rubbing cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil into your aching joints can actually help reduce pain and swelling. Gently massage the oil into each joint twice a day. You can also replace other fats in your diet, such as butter, with olive oil to gain more health benefits.

2. Transdermal magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral that plays a vital part in over 300 processes and systems of the body. Trouble is, people in the U.S. are not getting enough of it. In 2009, the World Health Organization published a report indicating that 75% of adults are not getting the recommended levels of daily magnesium, with one in five adults getting less than half of what they need.

In addition to increasing pain in the joints and muscles, magnesium deficiency also includes some of the following symptoms:

  • Twitching muscles
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Headaches and migraines
  • PMS
  • Constipation