For millions of Americans, arthritis is a major source of pain and discomfort. Even simple movements can cause excruciating and debilitating joint pain. In celebration of arthritis awareness month, our team at Movement Concepts Physical Therapy has provided the following information on arthritis and how our physical therapy in Bayside, Garden City, and Rockville Centre can help alleviate your arthritis pain.
Despite the prevalence of the disease, many people still have questions and misconceptions regarding arthritis. Arthritis is actually a general term that is used to describe many conditions and disorders that cause joint pain or discomfort. There are nearly 100 different forms of arthritis. Here are some of the most common and most severe forms of arthritis.
Osteoarthritis: This is the most common form of arthritis and it occurs when the cartilage found between two bones degrades over time. As the cartilage disappears, the bones begin to go against each other, which causes pain. Some of the causes of osteoarthritis include injuries, family history, obesity, and overusing the joint.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is considered an autoimmune disease, which means the body’s immune system makes a mistake and attacks a perfectly healthy joint. This causes severe inflammation and joint pain. Rheumatoid arthritis usually affects joints in the knee, wrist, and hands. Symptoms include pain and inflammation in multiple joints at once, fatigue, weakness, fever, and weight loss.
Gout: Gout occurs when there is too much uric acid in the body and uric acid crystals build up in the joints. This creates a lot of intense pain and inflammation. Gout often occurs in the big toe, the feet, the ankles and the knees. Things such as obesity, family history, and high alcohol use can be major factors in developing gout.
Although there is no cure for arthritis, there are still several steps that you can take to prevent and limit joint damage.
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