Arthritis

Arthritis

April 6, 2022

Ever wonder what would happen if your joints suddenly became stiff and your joints were unable to move properly? Your body will become stiff and unable to move as well as a car with punctured tires. Arthritis is the condition where your joints become stiff, and you are unable to move them. It’s swelling and stiffness in one or more joints.

Types

Arthritis refers to a condition that affects the cartilages in joints. There are many types, depending on how severe the damage is and what type of damage it causes.
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis (affects spine)
  • Gout(effects big toe)
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (arthritis in children)
  • Osteoarthritis( cartilage wear over time)
  • People with psoriasis may develop psoriatic arthritis.
  • Reactive arthritis is joint pain that is caused by dysfunction in another part of your body.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis( autoimmune disorder affecting joints)
  • Septic arthritis (caused by germs)
  • Thumb arthritis (affects carpometacarpal joint in the body)

Signs

All types of arthritis have the most common symptoms.
  • Morning stiffness
  • Normal stiffening
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Fever
  • Nullness
  • Joint deformities
  • Effective degree of movement and immobilization
  • Warmth

Causes

Arthritis can be caused by a variety of factors.
  • Family history: Some forms of arthritis can be caused by genetic factors and can impact you if your parents or siblings have been affected.
  • Because of menopause, women are more at risk for arthritis than men.
  • Age: Most arthritis is found in seniors. As we age, our bones and joints become weaker and more susceptible to infection.
  • Arthritis: A previous joint injury can, if it is not treated correctly, lead to arthritis.
  • Obesity can cause Arthritis if your body weight does not match your BMI. Your body must bear more weight.
  • Lifestyle: If you don’t lead a healthy lifestyle, if your diet is poor or if you smoke regularly, you may be at risk for developing arthritis

Treatment

Anti-inflammatory medication, rest and, most importantly, proper physical therapy are all possible treatments for arthritis. Both hot and cold therapy Your physical therapist may suggest that you apply heat or ice to specific joints. To achieve the best results, a physical therapist will determine the temperature and duration.

Exercise

Physical therapists may suggest exercises that can increase joint mobility and flexibility.

Assisted device

A physical therapist will guide you in the use of assist devices like walkers and canes. They will make sure you feel at ease with the assisted devices so you can do your job effectively

Conclusion

If not treated correctly, arthritis can cause severe pain and immobilization. A physical therapist who is experienced in arthritis can help you manage it effectively and minimize its side effects.

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