Posts Tagged ‘Arthritis’

What is Arthritis?

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Twinges in the knee, sharp shooting pain from shoulder to elbow, joints making crackling or popping…not a big deal. Or is it?

It is a big deal and all too often people assume that this twinge or cracking is a normal part of everyday life and that they just must deal with it. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is a serious problem because the pain caused by it can affect every portion of a person’s life including interactions with others, how daily life is handled, and one’s livelihood.

This pain can be caused by arthritis. Arthritis is defined by Google as an inflammation in one or more joints which results in pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited movement; there are over 100 different kinds of arthritis.

Arthritis may cause:

  • Joint pain/swelling
  • Reduced mobility of affected joint
  • Redness of skin around joint/warm to the touch
  • Stiffness, especially upon rising in the morning

Treatment of arthritis depends mainly on the kind of arthritis one has, which joints are affected, the severity, and how the condition affects daily life. An individual’s age and occupation will also be considered in the treatment plan. The main goal of the treatment is to reduce the pain and prevent further disability. It is possible to improve symptoms by simple lifestyle changes instead of medications such as exercise; exercise helps maintain the healthy joints, relieve stiffness, reduce pain and exhaustion, and improve muscle and bone strength. A doctor will work to tailor an exercise plan for each individual’s needs.

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Easing Joint Stiffness in the Elderly

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Join stiffness can lead to more issues in the elderly than most others. While for many, just moving about enough may ease any early

Elderly exercising

morning problems, at times this may not be enough. For those who cannot move about comfortably joint stiffness may make them move even less, and in turn may turn into a more severe issue. There are ways to help ease the pain from both general joint stiffness, (such as the discomfort from waking up) and arthritis.

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Advances Made in the Treatment of Arthritis

Thursday, June 17th, 2010
Hip dysplasia with arthritis

Arthritis effects thousands in the United States, and it can be as little as constant pain to a severe and disability that can take away the ability to live a normal life.  It has no cure, and is one of the most common ailments, especially for aging adults.

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