Arthritis, by definition, means inflammation within a joint. There are many6 types of, the two most common type of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is the less common of the two and is an autoimmune condition that affects small joints. Rheumatoid arthritis also has a larger impact on health than osteoarthritis due to its autoimmune component. Osteoarthritis is more common and affects larger joints in the body, it is what most people call ‘’wear and tear’’ which slowly happens over our lives.
Management of arthritis is crucial to prevent complication, worsening and in some instances even surgery.
Symptoms of arthritis:
– Pain swelling and inflammation in the affected joint.
– Joint stiffness and restricted movement.
– Stiffness is worse in the morning.
– Change in pain/stiffness/swelling depending on activity or lack of activity.
– Progressing muscle weakening around the affected joint.