Arthritis is not just for the elderly, in fact arthritis affects millions of people of all ages. However, nearly 50% of adults 65 years or older have some form of arthritis in their joints. There are over 100 different types of arthritis including fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and the most common form, osteoarthritis.
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is very common but it is not well understood. It is inflammation in one or more of your joints which cause pain. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Symptoms can include decreased range of motion, pain, stiffness and swelling. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and can come and go. Arthritis symptoms can last for years and become worse over time.
What can you do to manage Arthritis?
There are many things you can do to help manage arthritis. By staying active and exercise, you strengthen muscles around your joints. Other ways you can manage arthritis is to use hot and cold therapies, eat a healthy balanced diet, maintain a healthy weight, maintain good sleep habits and avoid smoking and alcohol.
If your joint pain persists, you should make an appointment to see your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment. If you do not seek attention, you can develop significant joint pain and other serious issues if arthritis is not treated over an extended period of time.
Arthritis is a disease that affects millions but with the right treatment and a balanced diet, you can live with arthritis and live your life to the fullest. Going to your doctor and diagnosing arthritis early can limit joint damage and give you many years of happy and health activity.