Arthritis is the inflammation of one joint or multiple more joints. There are various types of arthritis that can be found among people, each of the arthritis types causes physical pain in dissimilar ways. The most common arthritis types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis causes pain and stiffness in the joints and may accelerate with age, however, sometimes they may appear unexpectedly as well. Most of the times, arthritis develops in adults over the age of 65 and rarely amongst children as well. Women are more prone to arthritis than men, especially in the case of rheumatoid arthritis. On the other hand, gout, another type of arthritis is more commonly found in men. Obesity is a major cause for arthritis is often found in people with excess body weight.
Knee arthritis symptoms are the most prominent and common amongst all other. Some of the general arthritis symptoms for all arthritis types are as follows:
Most of these symptoms are more likely to be experienced during the mornings. Rheumatoid arthritis causes also a lack of appetite or fatigue due to the inflammation of the immune system. This may further develop into anaemia or experiencing a slight fever.
Here is a little more detail on the two common types of arthritis:
When the flexible cartilage covering the end of each bone/joint wears down, the affected is diagnosed with Osteoarthritis. This type of arthritis causes extreme pain, swelling and difficulty in moving the joints and most commonly occurs in knees, hips, lower back and neck.
This is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the joints and the tissues around it. It can also cause swelling in other multiple body organs and thus is also known as systematic illness.
JIA or Juvenile idiopathic Arthritis is also known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and both the terms are used interchangeably. Juvenile idiopathic Arthritis is basically a chronic, non infective, inflammatory and autoimmune joint disease. Juvenile idiopathic Arthritis mainly affects children and adolescents.
Arthritis treatment depends on the type of arthritis and degree of it. The main function of taking arthritis treatment is to ease out the pain in the joints. What may work for one person, may not for other. Some of the common care techniques used to treat arthritis pain are to place heating pads or ice packs to the joint. People with arthritis knee use assistance devices for mobility like walkers and or canes to reduce the pressure applied on the joint while walking.
In more serious cases, doctors may suggest the following arthritis treatment to diagnoses this ailment:
There are a certain number of medications that can be taken for treating arthritis.
Note: medications for arthritis treatments are only to be taken by recommendations of a doctor depending on the severity of it.
A common method would be to replace that particular joint with an artificial one through surgery. The most common joint replacements are for arthritis knee and hips.
In case of severe arthritis in your finger or wrists, a joint fusion where the ends of your bones are put together until they heal and set is performed. These methods are only for severe cases of arthritis, where the arthritis pain is extreme and when no kind of medication or physiotherapy in arthritis helps with the healing.
Physical therapy for arthritis involves exercising the affected joints that help strengthen the muscles around the joint. Physiotherapy for arthritis is one of the more natural ways to heal your joint and is recommended to start with at the beginning stages itself. Physiotherapy for arthritis is most commonly practiced for arthritis in knee, when there is arthritis back pain and arthritis neck pain.
Severe cases of arthritis in joints such as wrists, fingers, etc. may cause trouble in performing daily tasks due to the arthritis pain. Similarly, arthritis in knees or hips, ankles, etc may cause discomfort in walking or sitting comfortably. It is thus, extremely important to give attention to the problem as soon as you detect an arthritis symptom and start with arthritis rehabilitation or physical therapy for arthritis.
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