Arthritis is a kind of disease which affects people of all ages. There is a misconception that arthritis is an old age problem, but you will be amazed to know that more than half of arthritis patients are less than 65 year of age. People who are suffering from arthritis suffer from pain in joints like knee, elbow etc.
But the question is what arthritis is and what causes arthritis? The answer to this question is given below.
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a joint disorder which causes tenderness in joints. Every part in our body where two bones are joined to each other is called a joint. Arthritis causes swelling or tenderness of one or more of these joints, which causes pain in joints. It is a chronic disease and haunts its patients for a long period of time. Many form of arthritis are more of an annoyance than serious. There are over 100 types of arthritis, but mainly two are very common.
Types of arthritis:
- Osteoarthritis: Causes deterioration of cartilage.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: Causes tenderness due to overactive immune system.
The Causes of arthritis are:
- Metabolic abnormalities
- inherited factors
- Direct or indirect consequence of infections
- A misdirected immune system with auto immunity
Now the question that would be rising in your mind right now can be- how can we identify that we are suffering from arthritis and the answer is here:
Signs and symptoms of arthritis:
- Pain and limited function of joints
- Stiffness, swelling, warmness and redness in joints
There are many other form of arthritis also, because they are aching diseases, they can cause fever, fatigue, weight loss, swelling of glands, feeling unwell and even can cause abnormalities in organs like lungs, heart or kidneys.
Now the next question that might be coming in your mind right now would be what is the treatment of arthritis? For successful treatment of arthritis an accurate and proper diagnosis is needed.
You can go for treatments like-
- Paraffin wax dips,
- cold pack application,
- Physical therapy,
- anti inflammatory medications,
- immune altering medication and
- surgical operations
The bottom line is that you can live an arthritis free life following a proper diagnosis. A timely treatment can liberate you from all the pain and suffering which is caused by arthritis.