Arthritis is the inflammation (or stress) of a joint - resulting from disease, infection, injury, genetic defect, overuse (wear and tear) or an otherwise unknown cause. There is no known cure, but proper early treatment can help prevent further joint damage.
Do you have arthritis?
Arthritis at a Glance
Arthritis is not 1 single disease - there are in fact 100+ types of the condition.
Women are more likely to be affected by arthritis than men.
2/3 of arthritis sufferers (66%) are aged under 65.
Overweight people are 4-5 times more likely to develop arthritis.
There are 3 main types:
Osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form, is a degenerative disorder that causes the breakdown of cartilage in the joints.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the joints along with possible joint & bone damage.
Juvenile Arthritis (JA) includes a number of autoimmune & inflammatory conditions affecting children aged under 16.
How to treat Arthritis
There is no way to reverse cartilage loss or arthritis, however there are some options to help relieve the symptoms of the condition. Treatment of arthritis can include medications, injections, occupational & physical therapy, surgery & changes to your lifestyle (such as rest, exercise, healthy eating).
5 Treatments for Arthritis Pain
Here are some ways to make arthritis more bearable.
If you are one of the 1 in 5 of the adult population in the UK who has arthritis, you know just how challenging it is to sometimes carry out th simplest of activities. At times, the pain & stiffness can be overwhelming. However, there are some ways available to help manage the condition.