Arthritis is an illness characterized by pains and chronic aches in the joints. Some individuals can feel its pain so severe that they’re unable or find it difficult to move. Arthritis is a progressive disease that gets worse slowly with time. You must seek early treatment for arthritis-related pain to ensure that you develop habits and strategies to control the pain.
There are different types of arthritis, and they’re; knee arthritis, hip arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Symptoms of Arthritis
- Painful feeling in the joining after or during use, or even after some time of inactivity
- Inability to use joint due to loss of flexibility
- When you apply light pressure, you might feel tenderness in the joint
- When you wake up in the morning or after a while of inactivity, you might feel stiffness in your joints
- Swelling might occur in some places
- When you use a joint, you might feel the grating sensation
- Bone spurs (like hard lumps) might appear around the affected joint
Causes of Arthritis
Arthritis occurs when there is deterioration in the joint cartilage. Cartilage is a sturdy but flexible tissue (connective) in the joints. It shields the joints by absorbing the shock and pressure created when you put stress on them or even when moving. When the surface of the cartilage becomes rough, it irritates. In the situation where the cartilage completely wears down, your bone is rubbing together, which causes both ends of your bone to be damaged, and your joints become painful.
Though it’s not yet sure what causes arthritis, health experts think some factors like muscle weakness, being overweight, heredity, joint stress or injury, and the aging process can cause arthritis.
Diagnoses of Arthritis
Arthritis is typically diagnosed by physical examination; your health expert will examine the fluid around your joints (red or warm joints) and the limited range of movement in your bones. If your pain is severe, you might need first to see a rheumatologist, which might lead to quicker diagnosis and treatment.
The health expert might need to extract and evaluate the level of inflammation in your joint fluids and blood because it helps the health professional understand what type of arthritis you have. Blood tests that search for certain antibody types like rheumatoid factor (RF), anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP), and antinuclear antibody (ANA) are also typical diagnostic tests.
Available Treatment Options For Arthritis
Currently, there isn’t any known cure for arthritis; however, there are various medications and treatment options that reduce the arthritis pain and also control the symptoms. These medications can offer long-term or short-term relief.
- Physical therapy
- For mild arthritis; Ibuprofen
- For severe or advanced arthritis; corticosteroids
- Low-impact but regular exercise which keeps the lungs flexible
- Surgery, when all other less invasive treatment methods have failed
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