Arthritis

Over 7 million Americans suffer with some form of arthritis. It affects activities like walking, getting dressed, bathing, and most definitely work tasks. This article references Gout, Osteoarthritis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in adults over the age of 40. This is the result of degeneration or joint wear and tear. The symptoms include pain, swelling, and limited motion. It most often develops in the weight bearing joints of the lower extremities. As cartilage in the joint breaks down the bone surfaces become uneven and create pain and swelling. Surgery is an option once the two articulating bones start rubbing against each other.

Rheumatoid arthritis affects more than 2 million Americans, most of which are women, and can be extremely disabling. It is an autoimmune disorder, which is when the body attacks itself. It mostly affects the wrist, ankles, knees, and toes. People with rheumatoid arthritis experience inflammation, stiffness, and pain. Joints can become deformed which results in loss of movement.

Gout arthritis mostly occurs in older men. Gout occurs when there is a build up of uric acid that crystallizes in and around small joints, especially the big toe. Gout is treatable with medication and does not have long-term consequences.

There are several treatments available for those who suffer from arthritis. Eating right and exercising are great ways to help prevent or reduce the symptoms of arthritis!

See the attached article for more details on the more common forms of arthritis: Arthritis

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