Your guide to effective arthritis treatment
Arthritis can be an extremely painful condition and is often detrimental to a person's lifestyle. It's important to take preventative measures to avoid arthritis. It's just as important to be aware of treatment options that are available.
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is an overarching term that describes over 100 conditions and diseases that have an effect on joints and their surrounding tissues, as well as other connective tissues.
People who have arthritis experience pain and some physical disability. Those who have osteoarthritis, for example, experience a breakdown in joint cartilage. They also encounter changes to underlying bone as well as the supporting tissues, which causes stiffness, pain and limited mobility. People with rheumatoid arthritis experience inflammation of the lining of joints over a long-term period. Stiffness, pain and the swelling of multiple joints are the results of this type of arthritis.
Here are some important steps to prevent arthritis which may help you avoid some arthritis treatment in the future:
- Maintain a healthy weight. This can be accomplished through a healthy diet and safe exercise – that is, exercise that won't cause any further arthritis.
- If you have injured a joint, seek out medical care and possibly rehabilitation. This can ensure that you don't further injure yourself.
- Research tips on how to exercise properly, so that you don't put stress on your joints. Ask a gym instructor or healthcare professional.
- Repetitive movements can pose a problem. Typing, for example, can be very harmful. Ask your doctor how you can protect yourself.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis. However, there are some treatments available, such as:
- Occupational therapy
- Drugs to treat inflammation and pain
- Exercise and physical fitness programs
If you are experiencing symptoms of arthritis, contact your healthcare professional immediately. It's important to discuss all the treatment options that could be effective for your type of arthritis. It's also important to discuss what treatments are covered by your health plan – after all, some of the treatments can be rather pricey. Ask your doctor for further resources so that you can educate yourself as much as possible.
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