Arthritis is a sudden inflammation of the joints; the area of the body where two different bones meet. The term is used to describe abound 200 conditions that affect joints, and other connective tissue.
The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Some other forms of arthritis include gout, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), gout, and fibromyalgia.
As per a report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 54.4 million adults are diagnosed with the issue in the United States; among them, 23.7 million are seriously affected with it.
What Is Arthritis?
When we think about arthritis, the only thing that comes to our mind is inflammation. Rheumatic conditions generally involve pain, stiffness, aching, and swelling in and around one or more joints.
Some types of arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus can affect multiple organs and cause widespread symptoms.
Though the condition is generally prevalent among adults aged 65 years or older, it can affect people of all ages including kids.
Signs And Symptoms
Joint pain may occur by injury affecting any tendons, ligaments or bursae. It is the most common symptoms of arthritis.
You can also spot redness on the skin around the joint. Many affected people address their symptoms getting worse in the morning.
Common signs and symptoms associated with joint pain are:
- Joint redness
- Joint swelling
- Joint tenderness
- Inability to move the Joint
- Locking of the Joint
- Slight fever
- Loss of appetite
Causes Of arthritis
The chance of developing arthritis may be higher if you have a family history of the disease.
Otherwise, normal wear and tear of OA are one of the most common causes of arthritis.
Cartilage is a flexible connective tissue present in the joints. It protects the joints by absorbing shock and sudden pressure. A gradual reduction in the amount of cartilage may cause some form of arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is another common form. It is an autoimmune condition. It is the condition in which the body's immune system attacks the healthy tissues of the body.
RA is a disease in which it destroys and invades a joint eventually destroying the joint and cartilage inside the joint.
Famous People With Arthritis
As we all know, the disease doesn't choose whom to affect and whom not to. So, here's some story of some famous celebs who reportedly suffered some forms of arthritis.
The Los Angeles Lakers' superstar Kobe Bryant was diagnosed with arthritis in his knee after the 2012 NBA season. He got some improvement in his condition after a new type of surgery on his knee.
Katheleen Turner who suffered RA made her passion for helping people with the same issue. She was diagnosed with the condition in 1992 and underwent 12 surgeries in 12 years.
The Body Heat and Crimes of Passion actress told USA Today,
"It is important to me that people know they have options so they can get some relief from this debilitating disease."
Diagnosis And Treatment
The first step in the diagnosis and treatment is to consult your personal doctor.
The doctor first observes the history of symptoms and examine the joints inflammation and deformity before forwarding to the treatment options.
Furthermore, the patient is suggested to have blood, urine, joint fluid and X-ray tests.
Treatment for the condition generally aims to control pain, minimize joint damage improving the quality of life of the patient.
Here is a video explaining some of the natural treatment measures of arthritis:
A range of medications and sudden change in the lifestyle can prevent further damage to the joints. Some treatment options include:
- Weight loss
- Non-pharmacologic therapies
- Physical or occupational therapies
- Splints or joint assistive aids
- Change in the normal diet plans
- Appropriate exercise, avoiding smoking and drinking habits.
To avoid the condition getting worse with time, early diagnosis and treatment are very important.