Is inflammation of one or more joints. A joint is the area where two bones meet. There are over 100 different types of arthritis.
Arthritis causes pain, swelling, stiffness and limited movement in the joint. Symptoms may include:
The goal of treatment is to reduce pain, improve function and prevent joint damage increased. Generally you can not cure the underlying cause.
CHANGES IN LIFESTYLE
Changes in lifestyle are the preferred treatment for osteoarthritis and other types of joint inflammation. Exercise can help relieve stiffness, reduce pain and fatigue, and improve muscle and bone strength. Your health care team can help you design an exercise program that is best for you.
Exercise programs may include:
may recommend physical therapy, which could include:
may be prescribed along with changes in lifestyle. All medicines have risks, some more than others. It is important to carefully monitor the doctor when taking arthritis medications.
SURGERY AND OTHER METHODS:
In some cases, surgery is done if other methods have not worked. This may include:
The diagnosis and treatment can help prevent joint damage. If you have a family history of arthritis, tell your doctor, even if you have pain in the joint.
Avoiding excessive and repetitive movements can help protect against osteoarthritis.