Arthritis refers to joint pain or stiffness, it’s not understood well and the Arthritis Foundation explains that there are more than 100 types of it and it affects people all ages, sexes, and races and in America suffer more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children .
Arthritis is most common among women, and can cause permanent joint changes visible like in finger joints, but often the damage is only visible under x-ray.
There are 3 types :
WebMD points this as a most common type of arthritis,it happens with age, or if you have obesity because the weight puts extra stress on the joints. Osteoarthritis is most common in the knees, hips, feet, and spine.
– Deep, aching pain
– Trouble dressing, combing hair, gripping things, bending over, squatting, or climbing stairs. depending on which joints are involved
– Morning stiffness for less than an hour
– Pain when walking
– Stiffness after resting
And our joint may be:
– Warm to the touch
– Swollen and harder to move
– Unable to move through a full range of motion
The Arthritis Foundation recommends:
– Managing symptoms, such as pain, stiffness and swelling
-Improving joint mobility and flexibility which can be done with therapy
– Maintaining a healthy weight
– Getting enough of exercise
2. Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis, also known as RA, is an autoimmune disease that attacks certain parts of the body,which leads to inflammation and can cause severe damage to the joints if left untreated.
RA usually affects multiple joints at once.
– Rheumatoid nodules. These form in about 1 in 5 people, and they usually form over joint areas that have a lot of pressure like knuckles, elbows, or heels.
– Pain and stiffness
– Swelling in your hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, knees, ankles, feet, jaw, and neck.
– Loss of appetite or weight
– Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) will help ease arthritis pain and inflammation Arthritis Foundation.
– Corticosteroid medications are quick-acting medications.
– Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, or DMARDs, are drugs that work to modify the course of the disease.
– Surgery is an option for people with RA with limited mobility .
3. Psoriatic Arthritis
Psoriasis is: the red, raised, and patchy skin condition that’s inflamed and scaly and about 30% of people have this skin condition first, and then develop psoriatic arthritis.
PsA is an autoimmune disease that attacks the body’s healthy tissue, and joints causing inflammation, joint pain, and stiffness. This affect people of all ages.
– Painful swollen joints
– Pitted or discolored fingernails
– Sausage-like fingers or toes
– Tendon or ligament pain
– Skin rashes ( like those associated with psoriasis)
– Reduced range of motion
– Eye problems like redness, or irritation
– Psoriatic Arthritis is also closely linked with Crohn’s Disease
– Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) help ease arthritis pain and inflammation Arthritis Foundation.
– Corticosteroid medications are quick-acting medications to reduce inflammation.
– Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, or DMARDs, modify the course of the disease.
What to do if you recognize any of these signs or symptoms:
If you recognize any of these signs or symptoms schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider to determine if you have arthritis, and what to do next.