Arthritis

Arthritis is an inflammation of a joint which gives pain. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) occurs at any age, the most common being 40 and over.

Causes

  • Women are more likely to get it than men
  • Genetic Abnormality
  • Cold weather

Symptoms

  • The first symptoms are in small joints such as fingers or toes.
  • Feeling unwell
  • Tiredness
  • X-rays show changes in bones

Treatments

  • There are lots of medication to help treat Rheumatoid arthritis but sometimes have side-effects.
  • Some people may have to try different ones to find the best one for them
  • Painkillers may help though will need to be stronger later on.
  • Exercise.Rest painful joints but stretching will help prevent joints from deformed. A physiotherapists can make a personal one.
  • If needed losing weight to reduce pressure on joints
  • Heat or ice to joints is a traditional treatment
  • Surgery can be used when joints are deformed and medication is not working

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