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.
TypesArthritis 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)
SignsAll types of arthritis have the most common symptoms.
- Morning stiffness
- Normal stiffening
- Joint deformities
- Effective degree of movement and immobilization
CausesArthritis 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