What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is very common disease and it is inflammation caused to one or more your joints. It affects the joints and other connective tissues that surround the joints. The common symptoms of the arthritis are swollen joints, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Symptoms may come and go. It can be mild, moderate or severe. It affects to both men and women and generally worsens with the age. Though it is more common in women. This disease is more frequent as people gets older. Severe arthritic conditions may become hindrance to perform daily activities and it can make difficult to walk or climb stairs. Many people effected with arthritis the symptoms worsen in the morning.
The most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
What are the causes of Arthritis?
It is generally wear and tear of cartilages that surround the joints. But there is no single cause of all types of arthritis. The causes may vary according to types of arthritis. The two major types of arthritis damages joints in different ways. An infection or injury to joints, smoking, overweight, certain lifestyles and physically demanding occupations can aggravate the natural breakdown of the cartilage tissues or interact with genes to increase the chances of arthritis. Risk of developing is higher if you have a family history of the disease.
What is osteoarthritis?
It is the most common type of arthritis. Osteoarthritis involves wear and tear to joint’s cartilages. This wear and tear occur over many years and it can be hastened with any injury or infection. Cartilages are the tremendously strong fibrous tissues; it takes many forms and serves multi purposes throughout the body. In a joint hyaline cartilage is referred to as articular cartilage. Cartilage cushions the both end of the joints and allow frictionless movement. When the cartilage is damaged it provides friction in the joint’s bone resulting in pain and inflammation.
What is Rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is another common form of arthritis. It is an autoimmune disorder. It happens when body’s own immune system attacks the tissues of the body. The joint damage that causes rheumatoid arthritis usually happens on both sides of the body. Like if a joint is affected in one of your arms or legs the same joints in other arms or legs probably will be affected too.