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WORLD ARTHRITIS DAY TAKE AN INITIATIVE TO PREVENT AND ELIMINATE ARTHRITIS

by The Welthi Bureau, October 12 th, 2021

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Arthritis can simply be defined as inflammation in one or more joints. It is a very common medical condition, more particularly in females. People of all the ages ranging from children to elderly can be affected. Arthritis is seen in various diseases like; Rheumatoid arthritis, Ankylosing spondylitis, Psoriatic arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Gout, Juvenile arthritis (in children), Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Sjögren’s syndrome,

 

Myositis and various other rheumatological diseases. Arthritis can occur at various joints of the body like; shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, ankles and joints of hands and feet. Usually multiple joints are affected, but sometimes it can start in one or few joints and may remain there, or over a period of time multiple other new joints can be affected says "Dr. Nayan Patel, MBBS, MD, DM (NIMS), Consultant Rheumatologist, STAR Hospitals

 

 

Depending on the type of arthritis, most common signs and symptoms may include:

  • Joint Pain, with or without swellings at the joints
  • Stiffness of joints after getting up in the morning, which can last up to few hours
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Loss of flexibility

 

RISK FACTORS OF ARTHRITIS

 

  • Older age: The risk of Arthritis increases with age
  • Gender: Women are more likely to develop Osteoarthritis
  • Obesity: Being overweight is a potential risk
  • Joint injuries / Bone deformities
  • Repeated stress on the joint
  • Genetics / Family history

 

Diagnosing the disease and initiation of treatment by a rheumatologist (doctor who is specialised in treating arthritis) in the early stage of disease is very important. If neglected for a long time, joint damage can occur, leading to deformities, and/or reduced movement at the joints. Heart, brain, lungs, kidneys, eyes and many other organs can also be affected, if appropriate treatment is not taken. Making a correct diagnosis is crucial, as treatment varies for each type of arthritis. Various treatment options are available, which can be safely used for a long time under the guidance and supervision of a rheumatologist. A regular follow up with your doctor is important to keep track of the disease.

 

PREVENTIVE MEASURES

  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain healthy weight
  • Follow body ergonomics
  • Eat healthy
  • Treat your joint injuries appropriately
  • Seek medical attention if you have any symptoms

 

Book Appointment: Dr. Nayan Patel, MBBS, MD, DM (NIMS), Consultant Rheumatologist, STAR Hospitals

 


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