What Is Arthritis

Arthritis is a disorder which causes stiffness, pain and swelling around or in the joints. It is caused by disease, infection, genetic anomalies and other factors. The inflamed joint causes stiffness, pain and swelling in the joint itself and to other surrounding tissues. Arthritis pain and inflammation for most people cannot be avoided as the body ages. Generally, people over the age 50 show some of the signs of arthritis because the joint naturally degrades over time. Arthritis is one of the causes of immobility among people over the age of 50. Arthritis cannot be cured and is a long term disease that can only be managed by treating its symptoms.
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Notes:

  • Exercise according to the recommendation of your doctor
  • Avoid stress on your joints that are affected by arthritis
  • Stay informed and read the news by reputable organizations such as the National Institute of Health or Arthritis Foundation

References:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/

National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

http://www.niams.nih.gov/

National Institutes of Health

http://www.nih.gov/

Arthritis Foundation

http://www.arthritis.org

American College of Rheumatology

http://www.rheumatology.org

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