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Arthritis

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What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a disease that causes pain and swelling in the joints. It can be categorized into several types, including osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), rheumatoid arthritis, and gout.

What are the types of Arthritis?

There are many different types of arthritis, including:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (also called degenerative joint disease), is a type of arthritis affects the cartilage in your joints and results in pain, swelling, and stiffness.

Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear on the joints. It usually affects people over 40 years old, but it can also affect young people who have a family history of the disease.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

This type of arthritis is an autoimmune disease caused by an overactive immune system that attacks your joints. It can cause inflammation throughout your body. Rheumatoid Arthritis often appears first in the hands or feet, but can also affect other joints throughout the body.

Rheumatoid arthritis most often affects women between 20 and 50 years old, but men can also be affected by this disease.

Gout

This form of arthritis occurs when crystals form in the joints due to high uric acid levels in the blood.

Gout is caused by crystals forming in your joints when your body makes too much uric acid. It usually affects one joint at a time and causes sudden inflammation and pain followed by joint stiffness that lasts several days to weeks before going away again on its own.

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis affects people who also have psoriasis (a skin condition). It causes joint pain and stiffness in addition to other symptoms like redness and scaling of the skin around the joints.

What are the causes of Arthritis?

Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints. It causes pain, stiffness and swelling. There are many different causes of joint inflammation. The most common cause is osteoarthritis, which is due to wear and tear on the joint.

Other common causes include:

Inflammation

Inflammation may be caused by infections like Lyme disease or hepatitis C. It can also be caused by autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Injury

Injuries may cause damage to the ligaments that support your joints and make them unstable. This can lead to inflammation and pain in your joints.

Metabolic disorders

Diabetes can damage your blood vessels and lead to reduced blood flow through your body, including into your joints. This can cause swelling and pain in your joints.

What are the symptoms of Arthritis?

Symptoms vary depending on the type of arthritis you have. For example, symptoms of osteoarthritis may include:

  • Joint pain or stiffness
  • Stiffness when you move your joint or after sitting for a long time
  • Pain when putting weight on the affected joint or during physical activity
  • Pain when moving or resting your joints
  • Swelling around your joints that lasts longer than 2 weeks

What are the risk factors of Arthritis?

The risk factors for developing arthritis can include:

Age

Arthritis usually develops when people are in their 40s or 50s.

Gender

Women are more likely than men to develop arthritis. This may be due in part to the fact that women tend to have smaller joints, which makes them more susceptible to damage from arthritis than larger-jointed men are.

Weight

Being overweight increases your risk of developing osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and other forms of arthritis.

Bone structure

Having a very curved finger or a short thumb increases your risk of developing OA in these areas—but this is only true if you also have a family history of joint problems or other conditions affecting bone health such as diabetes or gout.

Recommended Exercise

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What are the exercises for Arthritis?

There are a number of exercises that can help you with arthritis, including:

Swimming

Swimming is one of the best exercises for people who have arthritis because it helps improve flexibility, strength and cardiovascular health. It also reduces stress, improves sleep quality and increases joint lubrication.

Yoga

Yoga can help build muscle strength by improving balance and coordination, which can help relieve pain associated with arthritis. Yoga is also good for increasing flexibility and improving posture, which can help prevent further injury.

Tai Chi

Although Tai chi is often thought of as a martial art form, it’s actually considered a form of exercise that focuses on slow movements to improve balance and posture while improving flexibility and reducing stress levels. The benefits of Tai chi include improved blood circulation, decreased muscle tension and reduced joint pain from arthritis or injury.

Walking/Running

Walking or running can help people with arthritis maintain their fitness levels without putting too much pressure on joints in the lower body such as ankles, knees or hips; however, if you have severe osteoarthritis in these areas then walking will probably not be suitable for you as it involves repetitive movements which may cause more pain than relief!

What are the treatments for Arthritis?

One of the most common treatments for arthritis is physical therapy. Physical therapists can help you strengthen your muscles, improve your range of motion, and work on proper body mechanics to reduce strain on your joints.

Other treatments include:

  • Pain relievers
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Physical therapy (including heating pads and ice packs)
  • Exercise (weight-bearing exercises are the most effective)
  • Corticosteroids (injections into the joint)

Explanation of Recommended Orthotic Device

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What brace is used for Arthritis?

If you have mild arthritis, compression sleeves or neoprene knee supports may be enough to help with your symptoms. If you have moderate or severe symptoms though, then hinged knee braces are probably your best bet for helping with joint pain and stiffness.

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