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Arthritis is the swelling and tenderness of one or more joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis which affects the cartilages (protective tissue at the end of bones) and rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune inflammatory condition affecting the joints.
Symptoms of arthritis are as below:
● Joint pain
● Intermittent or sharp pain
● decreased range of motion
● difficulty walking
● muscle weakness
● Physical deformity
● Degeneration (above age 50)
● Wear and tear
● Autoimmune conditions (especially for RA)
● Family history or heredity
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do you stop arthritis from progressing?
- Maintain a Healthy Weight. Excess weight puts additional pressure on weight-bearing joints, such as the hips and knees.
- Control Blood Sugar
- Regular exercise
- Choose a Healthy Lifestyle.
What are the early warning signs of arthritis?
- Pain, swelling, and stiffness in one or multiple joints
- Morning stiffness in and around the affected joints lasts at least one hour
- Pain and stiffness worsen with inactivity and improves with physical activity
- Reduced range of motion
- Sometimes fever, weight loss, fatigue or anaemia
What imaging techniques may be used to diagnose arthritis?
- X-rays may show joint changes and bone damage found in some types of arthritis
- Ultrasound uses sound waves (not radiation) to see the quality of synovial tissue, tendons, ligaments, and bones
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)