What is arthritis

What really is arthritis?

Everyone knows what it is like to wake up in the morning and to feel stiff.

As well as we know how unpleasant can be feelings after long work in the garden or simply after sleeping in some inconvenient position. However, all mentioned are not even close to the pain of arthritis.

Arthritis in hand

Arthritis is a disease that comes up with inflammation, pain and stiffness in one or more joints. To be clear a joint is your body area where meets two bones and exactly joint let to move these parts between bones.

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Who can be affected by arthritis

This disease can reach men and women not depending on their age, even children can have arthritis. There are around 350 million people living with arthritis disease.

What doctor you should visit

If you have concerns about that do you really have arthritis you should visit a rheumatologist, who specially specializes in the treatment of arthritis, which is one of the rheumatic diseases. Please take into account as sooner you will visit your doctor the less damage to your health arthritis will make.

What can cause arthritis

Normal and arthritic joints

Arthritis can be caused by hereditary factors, injury, metabolic disorders, infections and autoimmunity.

Are there more than one type of arthritis

Even more there are around 100 different types of arthritis and the most common from them is osteoarthritis, which can be a result of trauma or infection of joint or age.

What are main symptoms of arthritis

Main arthritis symptoms are:

  • pain in the area of joints;
  • limited function of joints;
  • swelling around joints;
  • stiffness of joints;
  • redness of joints;
  • warmth of joints.

If we go deeper in symptoms of arthritis, then we have to mention other signs, which affects other organs – it becomes harder to move joints, sleep becomes weak, weight is decreasing, there shows up disability going for walks or even to use hands, fever, tiredness, etc.

How can arthritis be treated

Arthritis treatment depends on the type and stage of arthritis. There are several methods how arthritis is treated:

  • physical therapy;
  • orthopedic bracing;
  • cold-pack application;
  • paraffin wax dips;
  • medication;
  • surgery.
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