Posted on 16/10/2012

About Arthritis

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Throughout our lives we experience aches and pains but in most instances they go away and have no real negative impact on our daily lives. As we get older however, these aches and pains can become more serious. They can be permanent, have a significant detrimental impact on our lives and in a lot of cases they will be caused by some form of arthritis.

Arthritis covers a group of over 100 rheumatic diseases and various other conditions which can lead to pain, stiffness and swelling in joints. These symptoms can be experienced individually or altogether depending on which of the many diseases or conditions is causing them.

Arthritis can also be far more sever than most people originally anticipate. Some rheumatic diseases and conditions can lead to life-threatening complications or seriously affect internal organs, bones and muscles.

The symptoms of arthritis

There are various different symptoms of arthritis, many of which are overlooked because people associate them with other health problems. Which symptoms people experience will depend on the type of arthritis they have and also the severity. An individual symptom or a group of symptoms can occur and they can also develop quickly if the problem isn’t treated.

Common arthritic symptoms include:

  • Inflammation in and around the joints.
  • Restricted movement of the joints.
  • Joint pain, tenderness and stiffness.
  • Warmth and redness of the skin over the affected joint.
  • Weakness and muscle wasting.

These symptoms can have a serious negative effect on a person’s life, not only preventing them from doing certain things but also making each day extremely uncomfortable and even painful.

Fortunately in most cases there are various treatments which can be used to significantly reduce symptoms.

The treatments of arthritis

Although there is no complete cure for arthritis, there are lots of treatments which can help to slow down the progress at which the condition develops. Medication is a commonly used method of relieving the symptoms.

Painkillers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and corticosteroids can be prescribed to offer people relief from the symptoms. In more severe cases, surgery might be recommended as an alternative.

Common types of surgery for arthritic conditions include arthroplasty (joint replacement), arthodesis (joint fusion) and osteotomy (involving a bone being cut and re-aligned).

The aim of these various treatments is to slow the progress of the condition, reduce the symptoms and also to minimise the joint damage.

Living with arthritis

Living with arthritis can be extremely difficult and the various treatments can be used to help make it easier. The condition can also make simple tasks much harder than they would usually be. NRS Healthcare has a range of products to help people living with arthritis and these can be found throughout our website. The products include:

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