What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation within a joint. Inflammation can damage the surface of the joint and sometimes the underlying bone. Sometimes the inflammation may also affect the tendons and ligaments surrounding the joint
In the UK, around 10 million people have arthritis. The condition affects people of all ages, including children, but is more prevalent in the 50+ age group. There are many different types of arthritis that cause a wide range of symptoms. The two most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
What is Osteoarthritis?
How is Osteoarthritis managed?
The management of osteoarthritis is usually based around:
Exercise is probably the most important treatment for people with osteoarthritis, whatever their age or level of fitness. Physical activity should include a combination of exercises to strengthen muscles and improve general fitness.
Exercise is also good for:
all of which will help to ease symptoms.
Being overweight makes osteoarthritis worse. Extra weight puts more strain on damaged joints, which have a reduced ability to repair themselves. Joints in the lower limbs, which carry most of the weight of the body, are under particular stress in people who are overweight or obese. Changes in diet together with good nutrition and a suitable exercise programme will contribute towards weight loss and a general improvement in health.
What Medicines are used to treat Osteoarthritis?
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?