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Arthritis: Its Debilitating And Detrimental Effects

By Dennesa Mae Ratkins

Did you know that Arthritis is one of the most devastating diseases? It’s true! Arthritis presently affects more than 40 million Americans and that figure is expected to rise to 60 million by the year 2020. It’s vital that you read this post and uncover what this devastating illness is truly about.

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Basically, arthritis is inflammation of the joints. There are currently over 100 types of Arthritis and remarkably, that number continues to increase. One of the most common forms of Arthritis include: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Gout (see our next post, “Symptoms of Arthritis” for more information). Osteoarthritis is the result of degenerative joint disease, or plainly, “wear and tear” on the joints. Rheumatoid Arthritis is the result of an overactive Immune System that results in inflammation. Gout is the oldest form of Arthritis and is the result of too much Uric Acid. The Uric Acid deposits crystals in the joints, leading to “Gouty Arthritis”. The joint pain, inherent to all Arthritis sufferers, is referred to as “Arthralgia”. Not only are the joints susceptible to attack, but the surrounding muscles, tissues, and organs are vulnerable to the effects of Arthritis as well. Actually, Arthritis has been known to attack the heart, kidneys, lungs, and liver.

Many people mistakenly believe that Arthritis is a disease that only affects the elderly. This simply isn’t the case. Yes it’s true that seniors, especially senior women, are disturbed the greatest by Osteoarthritis,yet the average age for onset of Arthritis is 47 years old, and sufferers are usually afflicted between the ages of 20-50. Unfortunately, even infants have been diagnosed with forms of Arthritis.

One of the most devastating results of Arthritis has to be that it is really a chronic condition. Arthritis is so weakening that it only grows worse with time. In fact, Arthritis is so detrimental that of the diseases that instill chronic physical disabilities, arthritis is second only to Heart Disease.

The price of Arthritis isn’t only measured in the loss of quality of life, but it’s also measured by dollars and cents as well. It’s believed that more than $150,000 is lost by an individual over the course of a lifetime because of the debilitating results of Arthritis. This is totaled by lost wages, medical treatments, and the cost of medically based needs and care.

The overall conclusion is that Arthritis is a seriously unbearable condition that brings about chronic pain and weakness. It does not just affect seniors, but types of Arthritis also plagues children. There are over 100 forms of Arthritis and all Arthritis sufferers share one thing in common: chronic joint pain. The top three typical forms of Arthritis consist of Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Gout. We have seen that Arthritis isn’t cured, but managed.

Some steps and treatment plans utilized by Arthritis sufferers include:

> Losing Weight (thereby reducing tension and strain on the joints) > Increasing their Nutritional Intake > Reducing Stress (both physical and emotional) > Participating in Gentle Stress Free Exercises for example Stretching > Using both Hot and Cold Therapies > Protecting Joints by use of Splints and Braces > Drug Therapies > Surgery

If you suffer from Arthritis, don’t give up. There are many people who are finding out that with the correct management and health care provisions, they can live better, healthier, and pain free lives.

> Stay tuned for the next post in our series on Arthritis, “Symptoms of Arthritis”.

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