What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is joint inflammation which causes pain, swelling, and stiffness and limits movement. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis. With the right treatment for arthritis, you don’t have to give up your favorite activities.

Common Causes

  • Autoimmune disease (the body attacks itself because the immune system believes a body part is foreign)
  • Broken bone
  • General wear and tear on joints
  • Infection (usually caused by bacteria or viruses)

Common Symptoms

  • Joint pain
  • Joint swelling
  • Reduced ability to move the joint
  • Joint stiffness, especially in the morning

Treatment Options

  • Low-impact aerobic activity, also called endurance exercise
  • Range of motion exercises for flexibility
  • Strength training for muscle tone
  • Tylenol, aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen, as well as prescription medications

Healthy Lifestyle

There are many ways to help prevent arthritis. Here are some common suggestions:

  • Find out if arthritis runs in your family and share this information with your doctor.
  • Avoid excessive repetitive motions and do not overwork a damaged or sore joint.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Losing excess weight can help prevent osteoarthritis from forming in the knees and hips.

More Information

For more information about different types of arthritis, check out these helpful links:

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