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Arthritis


What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints, which results in pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited movement. There are over 100 different types of arthritis.

Alternative Names

Joint inflammation

Signs and Symptoms of Arthritis

Symptoms of arthritis include pain and limited function of joints. Inflammation of the joints from arthritis is characterized by joint stiffness, swelling, redness, and warmth. Tenderness of the inflamed joint can be present. Loss of range of motion and deformity can result. Certain forms of arthritis can also be associated with pain and inflammation of tendons surrounding joints.

Some forms of arthritis are more of an annoyance than a serious medical problem. However, millions of people suffer daily with pain and disability from arthritis or its complications. Moreover, many of the forms of arthritis, because they are rheumatic diseases, can cause symptoms affecting various organs of the body that do not directly involve the joints. Therefore, symptoms in some patients with certain forms of arthritis can also include fever, gland swelling, weight loss, fatigue, feeling unwell, and even symptoms from abnormalities of organs such as the lungs, heart, or kidneys.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Arthritis

Arthritis is the result of abnormal mechanical, inflammatory, metabolic, physiological or pathological factors. Usually, it involves the breakdown of cartilage. Cartilage normally protects the joint, allowing for smooth movement. Cartilage also absorbs shock when pressure is placed on the joint, like when you walk. Without the usual amount of cartilage, the bones rub together, causing pain, swelling (inflammation), and stiffness.

You may have Arthritis(joint inflammation) for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Being overweight
  • An autoimmune disease (the body attacks itself because the immune system believes a body part is foreign)
  • If the bone is broken
  • General “wear and tear” on joints
  • Infection (usually caused by bacteria or viruses)

Treatment for Arthritis

The treatment of arthritis depends on which particular form of arthritis is present, its location, severity, persistence, and any underlying background medical conditions of the patient. Each treatment program must be customized for the individual patient. Treatment programs can incorporate home remedies, nonprescription and prescription medications, joint injections, and surgical operations. Some treatment programs involve weight reduction and avoiding activities that exert excessive stress on the joint. The goal of treatment of arthritis is to reduce joint pain and inflammation while preventing damage and improving and maintaining joint function.

Not every person with arthritis requires medical attention. For example, some patients with osteoarthritis have minimal or no pain and may not need treatment. However, for those with persisting joint symptoms, the ideal steps to take should lead to a proper diagnosis and an optimal long-term treatment plan. This plan must be customized for each person affected, depending on the joints involved and the severity of symptoms.

Expectations (prognosis)

A few arthritis-related disorders can be completely cured with treatment. Most are chronic (long-term) conditions, however, and the goal of treatment is to control the pain and minimize joint damage. Chronic arthritis frequently goes in and out of remission.

Complications of Arthritis

  • Chronic pain
  • Lifestyle restrictions or disability

Prevention of Arthritis

Whether it is Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis or any other kind, the one common feature is the extreme pain and stiffness associated with this disorder. While there is no permanent cure for this disorder, the symptoms are usually manageable with:

  • Regular Exercises
  • Alternative Therapies
  • Natural Pain Relievers


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