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Arthritis: Understanding what the symptoms are and how to deal with it.


Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. It can affect one joint or multiple joints.


Types of Arthritis


Symptoms

Risk factors for Arthritis

Age: The risk of developing most types of arthritis increases with age.

Sex: Most types of arthritis are more common in women; nearly 60% of all people with arthritis are women.

Genetic: Specific genes are associated with a higher risk of certain types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis etc

Overweight and Obesity: Excess weight can contribute to both the onset and progression of knee and hip osteoarthritis.

Physical inactivity: Is associated with increased severity and progression of many types of arthritis.

Joint Injuries: Damage to a joint can contribute to the development of osteoarthritis in that joint.

Smoking: Is linked to the progression.

Infection: Many microbial agents can infect joints and potentially cause the development of various forms of arthritis.

Occupation: Certain occupations involving repetitive knee bending and squatting are associated with osteoarthritis of the knee and hip.

Diet: Plays an important role in healthy weight maintenance, which is a key factor in the prevention/reduction of disease progression.


Prevention

Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that can significantly reduce a person’s quality of life. Medications can help manage symptoms, and some people also benefit from natural remedies.

Overview

Arthritis causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in your joints. It can affect any joint but is common in the wrist and fingers. More women than men get rheumatoid arthritis. It often starts in middle age and is most common in older people.

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