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.
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.
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
many resources for learning about arthritis, practical tips for
daily living and more.
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