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Arthritis

 

Arthritis can be simply defined as an inflammation of a joint. It refers to more than 100 rheumatic diseases and other conditions that can cause stiffness, swelling and pain in the joints. The result can be debilitating and even life-threatening because of potential complications to muscles, bones and organs.

Most people who suffer from arthritis are over 65 years old, but it can afflict anyone at any age, including children.

Some of the most common conditions are rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and gout. Here is some basic information about arthritis, including symptoms, treatments and beneficial products.

Symptoms

Arthritis sufferers usually experience pain and a restricted functioning of joints. Joint inflammation includes joint
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Warmth
  • Tenderness
The joints most often affected are:
  • Knees
  • Hips
  • Hands
  • Spine
Because arthritis is a rheumatic disease, many forms of arthritis result in symptoms that affect various organs of the body. Those non-joint related symptoms can include:
  • Fever
  • Swelling of glands
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue

Diagnosis

A physician will examine a patient and may require blood, urine, joint fluid and/or X-ray tests. An early diagnosis can potentially avoid permanent damage and disability.

Treatments

A doctor will often prescribe a regimen of exercise and rest, medications, and/or physical therapy, as well as describe surgery options. These offer optimum benefits to arthritis sufferers. Regular consultations with a physician are important.

Beneficial Products

Some arthritis products that can assist arthritis suffers and provide temporary relief from pain, swelling and/or stiffness include:
  • Ice packs
  • Hot packs
  • Gels
  • Exercises
  • Mobility aids
  • Massage treatments
For more information, visit the Arthritis Foundation's Web site.

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