Arthritis & its symptoms, causes and treatments

What is arthritis?

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Arthritis is a medical condition in which a person feels inflammation of joints. It can be in one or more joints. Most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Most common symptoms of arthritis are swelling, decreased motion range and pain. The condition of arthritis increases with time. Arthritis is generally noticed in adults with age more than 65, but it can also be observed in children, teens and youths. Persons with severe arthritis suffer from chronic pain and face difficulty in walking and climbing stairs. If you face any of the above-mentioned symptoms visit arthritis specialist.

What are the most common symptoms of arthritis?

  • Joint pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased motion
  • Redness of skin around joint
  • Loss of appetite due to inflammation
  • Anaemia
  • Fever

Arthritis Treatment 

It is very important to meet arthritis doctor as soon as you notice the symptoms listed above. As early you contact the arthritis doctor, there is less risk of long term damage to the joints and bones. Medicines such as acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs ( NSAIDs) offer relief from arthritis pain and reduce the inflammation.

There are several physical therapies for reducing arthritis. Physiotherapy is recommended as it helps to improve muscle strength and helps for general fitness of the body. Physiotherapy in combination with pain-relieving treatments such as heat packs/ice packs shows better results.

Surgery is recommended if damage to bones and joints is severe.

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