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IBL NEWS DEC 2016

Arthritis is not a single disease; it is an informal

way of referring to joint pain or joint disease.

A few tips to better understand the nature of this

condition and better live with it.

P

eople of all ages, sexes and races can and do

have arthritis. It is most common among women

and occurs more frequently as people get older.

Common arthritis joint symptoms include swelling,

pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Symptoms

may come and go and can be mild, moderate or severe.

They may stay about the same for years, but may progress

or get worse over time. Severe arthritis can result in chronic

pain, inability to do daily activities and make it difficult to

walk or climb stairs. Arthritis can cause permanent joint

changes. These changes may be visible, such as knobby

finger joints, but often the damage can only be seen on

X-ray. Some types of arthritis also affect the heart, eyes,

lungs, kidneys and skin as well as the joints.

Diagnosing Arthritis

Arthritis diagnosis often begins with a primary care

physician, who performs a physical exam and may do

blood tests and imaging scans to help determine the type

of arthritis. An arthritis specialist, or rheumatologist, should

be involved if the diagnosis is uncertain or if the arthritis

may be inflammatory. Rheumatologists typically manage

ongoing treatment for inflammatory arthritis, gout and

other complicated cases. Orthopaedic surgeons do joint

surgery, including joint replacements. When the arthritis

affects other body systems or parts, other specialists, such

as ophthalmologists, dermatologists or dentists, may also

be included in the health care team.

What can be done about Arthritis?

There are many things that can be done to preserve joint

function, mobility and quality of life. Learning about the

disease and treatment options, making time for physical

activity and maintaining a healthy weight are essential.

Arthritis is a commonly misunderstood disease. The Arthritis

Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated to

serving all people with arthritis. Its website,

arthritis.org

, has

many resources for learning about arthritis, practical tips for

daily living and more.

Santé et Bien-être

Know everything about

Arthritis

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