Arthritis is a type of joint inflammation. While there are more than 100 kinds of arthritis, there are several types that are very common. Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, and psoriatic arthritis are all common today. Arthritis can cause physical problems that range from slightly creaky joints to debilitating pain. It can be different for every person.
As a person gets older, they will have a higher risk of developing arthritis. Women have a higher risk of developing arthritis than men do, but it occurs in both sexes. In some types of arthritis, genetics may raise a person's risk. For example, if a person's immediate family members have or had rheumatoid arthritis, their own risk for developing it does appear to be higher. Excess weight can raise a person's risk for arthritis. People who are obese will put more strain on their weight-bearing joints every day, and this extra strain can lead to problems like osteoarthritis in the knees or hips. If a person puts considerable strain on their joints on a daily basis, for example, people who lift heavy objects at their job every day, they may have a higher risk for developing arthritis even if they are not overweight. Anyone who has suffered from joint infections in the past may have a heightened risk of arthritis due to possible lingering joint damage.
Although there is no cure for arthritis at this time, there are many highly effective ways to manage arthritis symptoms with the help of an experienced physician. Some medication options include pain medication, NSAIDs, corticosteroids, Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs,) and biologics. In addition to medication, many arthritis patients find that making changes in their diet and exercise plans can be helpful. The doctor will create a plan that is personalized for each arthritis patient so that they can achieve maximum relief.
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