In the previous article we studied the basics about arthritis and understood how it is caused and what happens in arthritis. In continuation to the previous article, we continue more details about arthritis here. The joint inflammation and pain due to arthritis can be reduced through intervention at various points, early diagnosis, initiation of treatment and ongoing management. Identifying risk factors can help people or groups at high risk of developments getting arthritis. Daily exercise may also reduce the chances of getting heart attack and also lessens the risks of getting most chronic diseases. It is important to understand that adapting to healthy lifestyle is essential to avoid damage to the joints due to arthritis.
1. Can I Prevent Arthritis?
Yes, there are some preventive techniques which should be followed depending upon the type of arthritis. Primarily is body weight, which plays very high impact factor and due to obesity people have high risk of getting arthritis. For this reason, body weight management is important to prevent arthritis.
Osteoarthritis can be prevented by protecting the joints and by avoiding overuse of joints. Get treatment at early stages and consult doctor often, it is proved that people who consult their doctor often have experienced less damage and pain in joints. Doing regular physical exercise is also one of the main arthritis preventive techniques. Rest when required and maintain the balance between exercise and rest.
2. How is Arthritis Diagnosed?
Once you consult the doctor he/she will consider your symptoms, perform physical exam to check for swollen joints and prescribe blood tests and X-rays to confirm the type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis can be identified by examining the X-ray. X-ray reveals whether there is any loss of cartilage, bone spurs, or bone rupture. In case doctor is in doubt of infectious arthritis, he/she will collect fluid from the affected joint and confirm the diagnosis and further treatment. If the damage to your joint is severe and other treatments not reducing the pain, then doctor suggest diagnosing by surgery. Joint replacement is the latest method in diagnosing the arthritis at advance level.
3. What are Common Arthritis Treatments?
Arthritis can be treated in several ways. This treatment depends on the nature and seriousness of the underlying condition. Most common types of treatments are Occupational Therapy, Medicines, and Surgery. The main goal of these treatments is to reduce inflammation and improve the function of affected joints. There are other type’s treatments such as Home Remedies, and non-medical management of arthritis pain. On top of all these patient must take rest and not to strain the affected joints. Once you consult the doctor he/she will consider your symptoms, perform physical exam to check for swollen joints and prescribe blood tests and X-rays to confirm the type of arthritis you have.
4. How Can I Manage Arthritis Pain?
Arthritis pain can be managed using various techniques. To manage the pain first you should know what type of arthritis you have and what type of arthritis causes pain in which part of the body. Also it is good to know what causing pain, what is acute pain and chronic pain. Arthritis pain can be managed by weight management and physical exercise. Medications are must in case of chronic joint pain. Taking warm water shower can help to reduce the aches and stiffness. Maintain the warm temperature level this help to reduce the pain. Eat healthy food and drink plenty of water, avoid sugar intake as much as possible. Also do not drink alcohol, caffeine which aggravates inflammation.
5. What Does the CDC Recommend for People with Arthritis?
The moment you find any symptoms of arthritis see the doctor or a rheumatologist. The damage will keep on progressive which means the longer you wait for treatment the more affect it will have on joint. CDC suggests arthritis patients to manage their weight and be active by doing physical exercise. It is recommended that at least daily 30 minutes work 5 days a week. This 30 minute workout can be divided to three times a day at your convenient timings. Joint protection is highly important because joint injury may lead to osteoarthritis. The above mentioned guidelines will improve joint function, decrease pain, and also lower healthcare costs. Follow arthritis management strategies to manage pain and fatigue, and to avoid frustration about your health condition.
6. How Many People in the United States have Arthritis?
There are around 53 million people in the United States are affected by arthritis and this may increase to 67 million by 2030. In the USA arthritis is the most common cause of disability. Statistics show that 22.7 million American people unable to do their day to day work i.e. people not able climb stairs or unable to walk longer distances. Arthritis may further affect their quality of work at workplace. It is estimated that the number of people suffer with arthritis-attributable activity will reach 25 million by the year 2030. Excessive alcohol consumption is another factor which increases the chances to affect by chronic arthritis. Excess smoking may exaggerate rheumatoid arthritis. People suffering with osteoarthritis may gain weight drastically for this reason it is advised not to smoke or drink excessively as smoking and drinking may inflate osteoarthritis.
7. How Many Children have Arthritis?
The type of arthritis children do suffer with is “Juvenile Idiopathic arthritis”. In the United Stated around 300,000 children have arthritis. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is very different from adult rheumatoid arthritis. Juvenile Idiopathic arthritis is usually appears in kids between 6 months and 16 years old. The immune system mistakenly treat the healthy blood cell as well infected joint parts in a same manner but in the actual sense immune system is supposed to protect the body from bacteria and viruses. About 15% of kids in the USA are suffering with polyarticular arthritis. Girls are more prone to affect by Polyarticular arthritis. This type of arthritis symptoms includes swelling or pain in five or more joints. To manage and minimize the adverse effects of arthritis, an early diagnosis is essential.
8. How can I Find out More about the CDC Arthritis Program?
CDC has arranged national experts to review program activities and recommend future program directions. The experts’ panel made several important recommendations which further lead to major changes in the program. The main aim of CDC arthritis program is to improve the quality of life among the people affected by arthritis. CDC program increases awareness that something can be done to address the burden and impact of arthritis and to promote self-management education and physical activity. The CDC arthritis program is funded to 12 states; by visiting or contacting these places a person can find a program description and their activities. More details can be found in the document called “Strategic Approaches to Expanding the Reach of Evidence Based Interventions”.
In conclusion, arthritis can prevented, diagnosed by taking treatment at early stage and also by adopting healthy lifestyle such as daily exercise.