by The Welthi Bureau
Rheumatology Association-Hyderabad Chapter Successfully conducted Arthritis Awareness Walk on October 23nd, 2017 at Jalavihar, Necklace Road, Hyderabad. This year's theme for world Arthritis Day of our Association is 'Get Informed. Get Support. Get active'.
Arthritis refers to inflammation of the joints. It presents with symptoms like joint pains, swelling, stiffness at joints. This inflammation usually starts very slowly over the years or can also start suddenly and progress rapidly.
Arthritis affects predominantly middle aged ladies but can be seen in all age groups and both genders.There is definitely an increase in incidence of arthritis and there is more than one cause for this. Increase in awareness of arthritis apart, ageing population , obesity, poor dietary habits, lack of exercise, stressful lifestyle, smoking may all be contributory.
It affects up to 20% of population, in Telangana state approximately 70 lakh people are suffering with various forms of arthritis ranging from mild to severe forms. Different types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Ankylosing spondylitis, Juvenile idiopathic arthritis, gout and lupus.
Pain in the joints of the hands or feet with swelling and morning stiffness, may be rheumatoid arthritis
Low backache occurring during periods of rest or sleep rest and early mornings could be Ankylosing spondylitis.
Recurrent swelling of a single joint one at a time especially that of the great toe could be gout.
Similar symptoms may happen in children too and should not be neglected
In addition to joints if there are symptoms in the heart and kidney and skin other related arthritic disorders should be considered.
So people of any age group or sex, if your answer is yes to any one of these you should be consulting a rheumatologist at the earliest
Pain and swelling in the joints
Pain in the joints at night that is disturbing your sleep.
Early morning stiffnessof hands and feet
Pain that is worse after rest and improves as you are active
Recurrent fevers, rash associated with joint pains
Rheumatology Association, Hyderabad Chapter wants you to be aware and act quickly to tackle this hidden disease.
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