The exact definition of arthritis is pretty simple: painful inflammation and stiffness in the joints. The majority of arthritis cases will cause people to feel pain in their bodies while moving around. Arthritis is also more common than you think, with 1 in 5 Americans (roughly 50 million) suffering from this disease.
Most people think arthritis is just that, arthritis—but did you know that there are over 100 other medical conditions that are categorized under the term arthritis? Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis are a few examples. Out of these 100 different types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most common and affects nearly 20 million people in the US. Osteoarthritis is defined as the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone, most common from middle age and up. The disease causes cartilage to lose elasticity and can result in stiff joints. The cartilage will gradually wear away causing damage and stretching to tendons and ligaments, which causes the pain in your joints.
What things can contribute to the pain and symptoms of arthritis?
- Aging Joints
- Genetic makeup
- Injury to the joint
- Autoimmune disease
- Certain foods can cause symptoms or make existing symptoms worse
The signs and symptoms you should be aware of:
- Painful joints
- Tenderness when pressure is applied to joint
- Joint stiffness
- Loss of flexibility
- Consistently swollen joints
- Injuries that have taken a long time to heal
- Numbness or tingling in the joints specifically hands or feet
If these symptoms persist, it might be time to see a doctor. Only a doctor is able to tell you exactly what type of arthritis you might have. Early diagnosis and immediate treatment can be critical to the overall quality of life. Once diagnosed, your doctor should work with you to figure out the best way to treat your arthritis.
If you are looking for a solution to treat arthritis and want to maintain an active lifestyle, Arthrosurface may be right for you. Learn more about Arthrosurface solutions or find a doctor in your area.