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Arthritis

Arthritis is the swelling and tenderness of one or more joints. Two of the most common types of arthritis are Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). The signs and symptoms of arthritis usually develop with time and age. It is most commonly seen in adults over the age of 65, but can also occur in teens and young adults.

What Is Arthritis?

Inflammation of one or more joints, causing pain and stiffness can be referred to as arthritis. There exist various types of arthritis with different causes like infection, wear and tear and several diseases.

Injuries, abnormal metabolism, immune system dysfunction, and normal wear and tear can be a few factors causing arthritis. Arthritis cannot be cured however an effective arthritis treatment or care plan can help manage the disease and pain.

Arthritis can cause swelling, stiffness, pain, and a reduced range of motion.

What Are the Symptoms of Arthritis?

The symptoms of arthritis can worsen with time or can occur suddenly. A few of the common symptoms of arthritis are as follows:

  • Joint pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decrease in the range of motion
  • Redness of the skin around the joint
  • Feeling tired often
  • Loss of appetite
  • Joint deformity (if left untreated)
  • Anaemic (decrease in red blood cell count)
  • Slight fever

When to See a Doctor at Apollo Spectra, Kanpur?

You should see a doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Swelling of joints
  • Stiffness
  • Difficulty in moving a joint
  • Constant pain

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How Can We Prevent Arthritis?

Arthritis might not always be preventable because, some of its causes are old age, family history, and gender, which are not in our control.

There are various types of arthritis. All types of arthritis are painful and lead to loss of function and deformity.

There are few healthy habits you can inculcate to reduce your risk of developing arthritis, for instance:

  • Eating fish: Certain fishes are rich in ‘omega-3 fatty acid’ which is a healthy polyunsaturated fat. Omega-3s have several health benefits, one of them is that it helps reduce inflammation in the body.
  • Exercising: Exercising helps relieve the excess stress off your joints and also helps strengthen the muscles around your body, which stabilizes them and protects the joints from normal wear and tear.
  • Controlling weight: Your knees support your body weight. Hence, being overweight or obese can take a toll on them.

How Is Arthritis Diagnosed?

When you experience signs and symptoms like stiffness, constant pain or swelling of joints, and difficulty in moving your joints, you must seek medical attention and consult with a healthcare professional.

Doctors usually diagnose arthritis using the patient’s medical history and check for swollen joints, redness, warmth, tenderness, or loss of motion in joints and might further ask them to go through few medical procedures, such as:

  • X-Rays
  • Blood Tests
  • Physical Examinations

How Can We Treat Arthritis?

Arthritis may not be permanently curable, however, treatments such as physiotherapy or surgery can be considered to help reduce symptoms. Medications such as painkillers, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), menthol or capsaicin creams can help as well.

Conclusion

Various factors may cause arthritis, such as gender and age. About 24 million adults are limited in their activities from arthritis, and more than 1 in 4 adults with arthritis report severe joint pain. Even though, it might not be curable, treating it through arthritis care plans, exercising, maintaining a healthy diet and weight, and taking suggested medications can help reduce the symptoms and help improve quality of life.

1. Are people with arthritis more likely to develop complications from the flu?

If you have a form of inflammatory arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, you may be more likely to develop complications from the flu than most people. This is because arthritis causes the immune system to weaken. Flu-related complications may include:

  • Sinus infections
  • Ear infections
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia

2. Can children get Arthritis?

Yes, children can get arthritis. The most common type of arthritis found in children is juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), also known as childhood arthritis. It’s signs and symptoms may include:

  • Joint pain
  • Stiffness
  • Fever
  • Rash

3. How is Arthritis treated?

With certain medications and with arthritis treatments that focus on:

  • Controlling pain
  • Minimizing joint damage
  • Improving quality of life

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