What is Arthritis?

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There are several diseases that affect seniors more than those in other age groups, but arthritis is one of the most common and also one of the most debilitating diseases that affects seniors. If left untreated arthritis can, in some instances, result in deformities and severe disability.

While there are actually over 100 different types of arthritis, 10% of those make up the majority of all diagnosed cases. Among seniors, osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, with rheumatoid arthritis coming in second.

The word arthritis is derived from the Latin language and translates to inflamed joints, which is an accurate description of the effects of arthritis. One of the reasons that there is inflammation is that in an arthritic joint, the cartilage usually begins to disappear.

Cartilage surrounds all of the body's joints and is intended to keep the bones from directly rubbing together. As the cartilage begins to decay, this causes the bones to directly grind against each other, which can be very painful. Not only does this grinding cause pain, but it often also results in small pieces of bone to break off. The bone then causes further inflammation and in some cases will cause a deformity.

Depending on the type of arthritis, there will often be a period when the patient first wakes up that the joint pain is the worst. The joint pain will then go away for the most part during the day, only to return much worse in the evening. It is also not uncommon for the pain to become worse if the individual is immobile for awhile and then begins to move again, such as during the length of a movie or television program.

While most people associate arthritis with joint pain, and rightly so because this is the most common symptoms, arthritis can actually effect organs and other body parts. There is even a type of arthritis that is related to psoriasis, which is a skin disorder.

Another rather misconception is that arthritis is only found in seniors and the elderly. While this age group is at an increased risk of developing arthritis, specifically rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, arthritis can be found in people of all ages. For instance, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis can be found in children that are only one year old. There are also a number of arthritic like diseases that can develop after a joint injury, such as a broken knee or displaced hip.

One of the most important treatments for arthritis is actually light exercise, which to http://www.liftchairguide.net/arthritis-resource-center/ arthritis sufferers might not sound like a very good way to reduce pain. However, light low impact exercises can greatly reduce the effects of arthritis and make the patient feel much better. Eating a healthy diet is also important.

Since there are so many types of arthritis, doctors routinely use the symptoms the patient is experiencing and the joints that are effected to determine the exact disease. This is because even though http://www.liftchairguide.net/archives/what-is-osteoarthritis/ osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis share a great many similarities, they actually affect the joints in a different way.

Arthritis can be very painful and there is no magic cure. However, when the disease has been caught sufficiently early, it is possible to reduce joint pain and also reduce the effects of arthritis.



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