Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says ‘Today there are around 50 million Americans with arthritis’ that’s more than one individual out of every five who suffer restricted movement, pain and the cost of this disabling disease. It is important to keep account of economic consequences of arthritis as well because the disease is responsible for the loss of wages for the ones suffering from it.

In a recent survey, it is estimated that for arthritics over a course of 10 years there will be an income drop of 37%. Thus, if you or any one close to you suffer from this disease, just let them know that early diagnosis and treatment can help in leading an active and productive life.

Arthritis also known as the inflammation of the joint include more than 100 types that causes stiffness, pain and/or swelling in either joints or other supportive structures like tendons, muscles, bones and ligaments. The disease is often associated with old age, however it’s a myth as arthritis can affect people of all ages and is most common in women than men.

 

Most Common Types of Arthritis

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus)
  • Scleroderma
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA)
Arthritis
Arthritis

 

 Symptoms Associated with Arthritis

  • Continuing or recurring pain or tenderness in a joint
  • Swelling in one or more joints
  • Warmth and redness in affected joints
  • Difficulty in using and moving the joints

An arthritis rehabilitation program is conceived in order to meet the patient’s needs. The program function as per the diagnosis, type and severity of the disease. The focus of the overall program is on relieving pain while bringing effectual motion in the affected joints.

Written by: Dr. Harman

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