Health Tips: Introduction To Arthritis

Basic information about arthritis and the joint pain it causes. Advice on relief, treatment, and exercises.

Anyone can get Arthritis. It is just one of over one hundred and seventy types of rheumatic diseases which include many types of arthritis, gout, carpal tunnel syndrome,lupus,bursitis, juvenile arthritis, Kawasaki Syndrome, fibromyalgia, and many more. THese diseases are known to affect one of any joints found in the human body.

The causes of arthritis range from overuse of certain joints, injury to one or more joints, obesity, and some genetic factors sometimes come into play. Symptoms include fatigue, joint stiffness, inflammation, and pain. Any of the joints may be affected, but the joints most likely affected are the wrists, fingers, shoulders, ankles, and knees.

The most common type of arthritis is called osteoarthritis. This type of arthritis is most commonly found in older people. This type of Arthritis can sometimes be seen in the enlarged growths on a person's knuckles.

The second most common type is rheumatoid arthritis. It can afflict a person at any age and at any stage of their life, not just when they are in their golden years.

In order to help find relief from the pain of all of the forms of arthritis, aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium are common over-the-counter medications available today.

There are also a variety of so-called miracle cures on the market which include wearing copper bracelets, magnets, etc. which claim to help relieve the arthritis sufferer. Don't pin your hopes on these types of products, though. Don't be fooled by wonder diets either, as gout is the only rheumatic disease that has been found to be helped by making changes in a person's daily diet.

Instead, there are a number of ways that a person can manage whatever form of arthritis or other rheumatic disease they may have. Besides taking any prescription drugs your doctor or healthcare professional may have prescribed for your illness,ask your physician about physical therapy programs that could possibly help your condition. Water aerobics, exercises, and therapy can be helpful in relieving the pain and discomfort of arthritis.

Along with prescription medications and some forms of exercise, a person who suffers from arthritis should give their afflicted joints plenty of rest. This is especially important during a flare-up of the disease. A flare-up is a time when the joints are acutely inflamed. The accompanying pain and stiffness increases becuase of the added irritation to the joint.

Even though Arthritis is a lifetime illness, if it is diagnosed in its earliest stages and properly treated by a doctor or healthcare professional, a person can usually enjoy a healthier, more active lifestyle.

If you have have not been previously diagnosed with some form of arthritis, and you are experiencing unusual pains or stiffness in any of your joints, tell your physician on your next visit about your symptoms. Don't wait for the symptoms to disapppear on their own. A slight ache or stiffness could be an early sign of arthritis or a number of rheumatic illnesses, and the symptoms can only worsen if left untreated.

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