of people across the globe suffer from arthritis. It’s a disease that
causes pain in the joints that can limit the amount of movement a person
can do. In some cases it can cause a person to completely lose the use
of a joint which interferes with their everyday activities. A person
with arthritis usually finds it difficult to work or take part in things
they enjoy such as sports or even walking. A person with severe
arthritis may find it difficult to even get dressed or feed themselves,
which are things that everyone else takes for granted.
The word arthritis literally means joint inflammation. There are over
one hundred different types of arthritis diseases although there are a
few types that are better-known than others such as rheumatoid,
osteoarthritis, gout and fibromyalgia. Arthritis is known as a chronic
disease because it can come and go throughout a person’s life.
When a part of your body is damaged due to an injury or illness
inflammation will occur. This is the bodies cue for the immune system to
rush in and repair the damaged tissue and the inflammation goes away.
When a person has certain types of arthritis the inflammation becomes a
problem and does more damage to the affected area. This is a vicious
cycle that causes more pain and discomfort.
The type of treatment that you will need is something that will be
discussed between you and your doctor. The key treatment for arthritis
is physical therapy. This will help the person to maintain the mobility
and the range of motion in the joint that is affected. The type of
therapy depends on the type of arthritis you have, what caused it and
your individual health.
Anti-inflammatory drugs are also used to treat this medical condition.
These include aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and dicolfenac. There are
some other prescription drugs used for this condition such as
penicillamine, methotrexate, hydroxychloroquine, sulfasalazine, and
azathioprine. These can help control the symptoms of arthritis. However,
these may cause serious side-effects and should only be taken under the
advice of a health care physician.
You can reduce your risk of getting this disease by making good
lifestyle changes. For instance, maintaining a healthy weight can reduce
the stress and strain on your joints. Therefore, maintaining a healthy
diet and exercise routine will help reduce your risk of getting this
disease. Avoiding injuries whenever possible can also reduce your risk.
Follow proper procedures when lifting and try to avoid excessive
straining. Maintain a good posture and change your position when sitting
and standing if you become stiff and sore. Always warm up and cool down
before and after exercising.