Arthritis is a chronic joint pain that affects many different types of people. It occurs when cartilage is worn away or becomes damaged, resulting in bone rubbing against bone.
The word "arthritis" means inflammation of the joint, and the most common symptoms are: pain, swelling, and/or heat in or around a joint. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fybromyalgia.
While arthritis can affect anyone, it is more likely to occur if you are past the age of 45, have had a joint injury, if you are female, overweight or is due to genetics.
Get the right diagnosis for the right treatment. Early diagnosis can help delay the progression of arthritis.
Learn about pain management, physical activity, nutrition, stress management and how to communicate effectively with your doctor.
Regular physical activity can lessen arthritis pain and stiffness and improve flexibility, muscle strength, cardiac fitness, and overall endurance. The Living Well Program and other classes are proven to decrease arthritis pain, increase flexibility, and improve quality of life.
Decrease risks for arthritis, heart disease, stroke, and some cancers by maintaining a healthy weight. Losing 10 pounds reduces the stress on each knee by 40 to 80 pounds and the stress on each hip by 30 pounds.