Arthritis is a general term used to categorize over 100
different conditions and diseases. What these 100+ diseases and
conditions all have in common is a problem with a joint inside
the body. The human body has joints in the spine, shoulders,
knees, hips, elbows, wrists, fingers, ankles and toes. Arthritis
pain and inflammation can affect any of these joints at any time
during life, although these symptoms typically begin to appear
after age 40.
A joint is the area where two bones come together. In order
to move freely, the ends of the bones are covered with a
substance called cartilage. Surrounding each joint is something
called a synovium. The synovium also produces a lubricant that
is primarily responsible for limiting joint wear and tear. It
accomplishes this by reducing friction. Ligaments, tendons, and
muscles give bones power and help the two bones stay together.
Arthritis strikes as a result of damage within the joint. The
damage is typically the result of age, as over time the
cartilage simply begins to break down. However, arthritis can
also result from an injury or other health condition. When a
joint becomes damaged or diseased, inflammation in the form of
swelling, pain and stiffness can result.
In addition to
the symptoms of pain, stiffness and swelling, an affected joint
may not be able to move freely. Other symptoms can include
flu-like symptoms, a fever, the appearance of nodules, and
If you have painful joints and the pain does not
seem to be getting any better after a few weeks, you may be
experiencing symptoms of arthritis. Schedule a visit to your
doctor. Proper diagnosis can be made after completing a physical
exam, discussing your medical history, taking x-rays and
ordering lab work.
If you do have arthritis, unfortunately there is no cure.
There are however, a number of treatment options that can be
prescribed. Hot/cold compresses, moderate exercise, and pain
relievers are some options as is surgery. The doctor can
prescribe the best treatment for your type of arthritis.
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