Arthritis is a common illness that is not well understood. To be clear, the term arthritis does not refer to one disease. It is an informal way used to refer to a joint disease or joint pain. There are more than 100 arthritis types and related conditions. Arthritis can affect people of all ages, genders, and races. This disease is one of the leading disability cases in the US. According to statistics, there are over 50 million adults and about 300,000 children living with some type of arthritis. Arthritis affects more women than men and is more frequent in older people.
Symptoms Of Arthritis
The most common symptoms of arthritis are swelling, stiffness, pain and a significant decrease in range of motion. In most cases, these symptoms come and go. They might be severe, moderate, or mild. Most patients have reported that the symptoms stay the same for years, but there are cases where they progress over time. Severe arthritis is known to cause chronic pain leading to the inability to handle daily activities. For instance, walking and climbing the stairs can become a difficult task.
There are situations where arthritis causes permanent changes to the patient’s joints. Some of these changes are visible like the knobby finger joints. Often, the changes are only visible through an X-ray. There are types of arthritis that will affect the kidneys, heart, skin, joints, eyes and lungs.
The following are the different types of arthritis that commonly affect people:
- Degenerative arthritis: Also known as osteoarthritis, degenerative arthritis is the most common and affects the cushioning between bones leaving them to rub against each other.
- Inflammatory arthritis – Causes uncontrolled inflammation that leads to joint erosion and internal organ damage.
- Infectious arthritis – This is when a fungus, virus, or bacterium enters the joint and cause inflammation.
- Metabolic arthritis – This is as a result of excessive production of uric acid, and this forms needle-like crystals in the joints leading to extreme pain and gout attacks.
The diagnosis of arthritis starts with primary care physicians. The physician will perform an exam and might also do a blood test and imaging scans to determine the type of arthritis. In our clinic, the diagnosis will be handled by an expert, and if the diagnosis is uncertain, we will involve a rheumatologist. In case the arthritis is affecting other body parts such as the heart, lungs, and eyes, the relevant specialist will be involved to make sure that the treatment is comprehensive. We strive to make sure that the condition is handled properly to prevent any future problems.
What Can Be Done
There are many things that can be done to help relieve the symptoms of arthritis. Our experts will take you through important information about arthritis to help you deal with elements such as physical mobility, joint function and quality of life. Because arthritis is commonly misunderstood, it is crucial that you understand what you are dealing with and the best treatment option available for you. Our approach is through chiropractic care, and this eliminates the side effects emanating from most medications.
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