The term arthritis is used to describe inflammation in the joints that may be caused due to an array of causes. Arthritis is commonly used to refer to the various disorders of the bones and joints that result in inflammation of the affected joints along with numerous other features based on the organs or tissues affected. If left untreated these disorders may cause irreversible damage to the joints or bones and at times is life-threatening. Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are considered as the most common forms of arthritis, while arthritis is a common finding in other conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis, gout, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, systemic lupus erythematosus, back pain, knee pain, sprains and strains, neck pain, and Paget’s disease of bone.
Faq about arthritis
Does arthritis cause permanent disability?
when identified and treated early, individuals affected by arthritis can generally regain the normal functioning of the bones and the joints though the extent of which may be reduced to a certain extent.
What are the alternative therapies that are beneficial in arthritis?
Alternative therapies that have been found to be beneficial include weight loss programs, aerobics and other stretching exercises, physiotherapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, acupressure, and counseling. However, an approval from the doctor is necessary to prevent complications.
I had a fall recently and the joints are painful, should I meet a doctor?
Fall from an insignificant height generally does not result in any major injuries and can be treated with home remedies. However, if the pain and swelling does not subside within 2–3 days, a doctor should be consulted. Older individuals are more prone for fractures even from minor falls and should be verified for fractures.
What is the age during which the bone disorders begin to affect generally?
Arthritis and other bone disorders are generally noted in middle aged and older individuals above the age of 50–60 years, while other conditions such as fibromyalgia (20–50 years), systemic lupus erythematosus and ankylosing spondylitis (15–35 years) may be noted in younger individuals also.
Why are older individuals more prone for bone fractures?
As age progresses, the bones begin to become weaker gradually due to the increased breakdown of the bone minerals (demineralization) and decreased bone re-formation (remineralization). Such bones are brittle in nature and tend to fracture easily. Osteoporosis is one of the conditions that hasten this process.
How do I keep my bones and associated structures healthy?
Consumption of a balanced diet along with dairy products that supply a rich source of calcium to the body is considered beneficial. Regular exercising helps to maintain the strength of the bones and joints. Maintaining optimal weight is useful in reducing the stress load on the bones.
Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: April 06, 2013