Arthritis translates directly as “joint inflammation”. This common condition increases as one ages: The chance is less than 5% from those age 25-34 and up to 40% between ages 65-74. By 80 years of age it affects 57% of women and 40% of men.

There are many different forms of arthritis including infectious arthritis, gout, Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. The varying types have several different origins and treatments. Genetics play a major part in risk of developing arthritis. Genes are not something that can be controlled, but smoking and obesity are both considered controllable.

Signs and symptoms include joint pain and stiffness. The joints most susceptible are the bigger weight-bearing joints (hips and knees) as well as small joints like the knuckle closest to the end of the finger. This may be due to the amount of use the weight-bearing and small joints get on a daily basis.

Treatment includes pain-relieving over-the-counter drugs and anti-inflammatories. Otherwise, treatment will be dictated by the type of arthritis that is diagnosed. Many people deal with arthritis in some capacity. It is certainly worth a closer look to discover if “joint inflammation” can be prevented in your life.

See the attached article for more details and resources regarding the many types of arthritis.  Arthritis Information

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