12 Fact You Didn’t Know About Arthritis

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In this article we will talk about facts and informations that you properly do not know about arthritis

Arthritis Is Complex

With over 100 forms, arthritis is far from simple. The most common types are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid, psoriatic and gout and while they share a common symptom, their causes can vary.

“Osteoarthritis is the wear and tear on your body that occurs over time whereas rheumatoid arthritis and the others are autoimmune disorders in which the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues and organs,” explains Dr. Mochel, who is also an orthopaedist with Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group.

Arthritis Is Painful

Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more of your joints, causing chronic pain as well as swelling and stiffness and loss of motion. Flare-ups can be unpredictable.

Juvenile Arthritis Is Difficult To Diagnose

As with osteoarthritis in adults, there is no screening for juvenile arthritis. Symptoms may include constant joint pain or swelling, unexplained skin rashes, a fever with swelling of the lymph nodes or inflammation of other organs in the body. Be sure to share your child’s symptoms with your pediatrician.

It Affects More Than Just Your Hands

Osteoarthritis may also affect your hips, knees, back and even your shoulders. The pain can limit your everyday activities, even the ability to work.

There Is No cure But Early Diagnosis And Treatment Is Essential

The first step in osteoarthritis treatment is to manage your pain, followed by gaining strength through physical therapy and making other lifestyle modifications such as maintaining a healthy body weight and smoking cessation. Surgery is another option, which is especially effective for hip and knee patients.

Weather Makes A Difference

The climate may contribute to your pain. In fact, when the atmospheric pressure changes, your arthritis might flare up. That’s a good time to use ibuprofen, apply ice and begin stretching for relief from the cold weather.

It’s Not Just For Adults

Children suffer from arthritis, too. In fact, almost 300,000 American children under the age of 18 suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, affecting girls more often than boys.

Boys checking his arm with muscle pain.

Movement Is Good

“People who remain active are far better off than those who lead a sedentary lifestyle,” says Dr. Mochel. “This can be challenging when you’re in pain, but it doesn’t take much.” Aquatic exercise, a short bike ride or walking every day can be enough.

Relief Can Be Hot And Cold

If your joints are aching, apply a covered ice pack to decrease the initial inflammation and then, after 48 hours, switch to heat to open up the blood vessels for added relief.

Injuries May Affect Your Risk Of Arthritis

Young adults with knee injuries have six times the risk of developing osteoarthritis in that joint by age 65. Those with hip injuries are three times more likely. That said, the importance of exercise at any age far outweighs the chance of injury, says Dr. Mochel.

Arthritis Can Lead to Other Lifestyle Diseases

Patients suffering from arthritis symptoms, such pain and stiffness, often do not get adequate exercise due to increased levels of pain. This not only can affect physical health, but mental as well as exercise has been proven to be a natural stress reliever. As a result, arthritis may lead to other medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

There Can Be Systemic Effects with Some Forms of Arthritis

If you are suffering from arthritis, the most common symptoms are joint pain, stiffness and swelling. However, there are some autoimmune and inflammatory types of arthritis, for example, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus that cause inflammation not just in the tissue lining of the joints, but also in many other parts of the body tissue as well, which is referred to as systemic effects

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