Posted on 11/10/2012

Arthritis Day - 12th October

Arthritis Day - 12th October

Help raise awareness this Arthritis Day

The 12th October 2012 marks the 17th annual World Arthritis Day. The day provides people who are living with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, with a way to raise awareness. It is also important in helping to improve things such as arthritis care and treatment for arthritis.

There are various purposes of the day. One of which is: “to ensure that people with RMDs and their caregivers are aware of the vast support network available to them”. This involves making sure that people know about the different types of treatment for arthritis. The day also helps to make decision-makers aware of the burden of RMDs. This can help to influence them into supporting research into a cure for arthritis.

Is there a cure?

There are currently various types of arthritis and for most there is no complete cure. There is however a cure when the condition is caused by infection. Lyme disease and bacterial arthritis are two types where the condition can be cured.


Treatment for arthritis is dependent on the type but generally there are ways to help. Methods include medication, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and various others.

Common types of arthritis

Two of the most common are arthritis in fingers and arthritis in hands but it is also possible to experience it in knees or hips for example.


Arthritis in fingers

The symptoms include:

  • Joint pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Loss of motion
  • Lumps around the knuckles


Treatments include:

  • Cortisone injections
  • Hand therapy
  • Ice & heat treatment
  • Splints


Arthritis in hands

The symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Warmth
  • Grating or grinding
  • Cysts


The Treatments include:

  • Medication
  • Injections
  • Splinting


The condition develops over time and so it is important that people who experience any signs seek medical attention as soon as possible. Through detecting the signs of arthritis early it is possible to prevent or slow its development through treatments.


Helpful Products


Please click on the links or images below to find out more.

The condition can make it very difficult to do certain simple tasks. NRS Healthcare has a wide range of products which enable people living with Arthritis to continue to live independently. These products include:

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