Living with Arthritis
- Posted on: Jun 24 2013
If you’re one of the more than 50 million people living with arthritis, you likely know that it can have an impact on your quality of life. Affecting nearly one in three adults in the United States, arthritis is one of the most widespread causes of joint pain, inflammation, and more. So what exactly is arthritis?
Simply, arthritis is defined as inflammation in one or more of your joints. Patients typically experience stiffness and joint pain in the affected areas, which can worsen over time. There are two major types of arthritis – osteoarthritis, the most common form, and rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder. In cases of osteoarthritis, cartilage found in our joints breaks down over time, typically due to age and heredity. Rheumatoid arthritis is less common but more severe, and affects the lining of the joints. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the body’s own tissue, leading to painful swelling, bone erosion, and more. While arthritis can affect one’s quality of life, there are some treatment options that can help ease the discomfort and pain associated with this condition.
Top Treatment Options for Arthritis
- Medication. There are a number of different medications designed to help treat the symptoms of arthritis, including analgesics, counterirritants, cortisteroids, anti-inflammatory drugs, and more. These work in different ways to combat the pain and/or inflammation that comes with this condition.
- Physical therapy. Many doctors recommend physical therapy to patients with arthritis as a way to help ease pain and stiffness, and increase strength and flexibility. Therapy can also help patients to engage in activities that may have been previously difficult, due to their limited range of motion.
- Surgery. If a case of arthritis is too severe to be treated by non-invasive methods, surgery will likely be the next step. However, advances in modern technology has allowed for minimally-invasive surgical options in the treatment of arthritis — such as arthroscopic surgery.
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