As we get older, we tend to become more conscious of the frequent illnesses connected to being older. Arthritis is a chronic condition that affects many older persons and is characterized by joint pain, stiffness, and swelling.
The most frequent cause of pain as people age is arthritis. It happens as a result of deterioration of the protecting cartilage that cushions the bones in the joints. Other typical causes of persistent pain in the elderly population include pain brought on by herpes infection, diabetes-related neuropathy, and other nerve illnesses. Chronic pain can also be brought on by cancer and its therapies.
The body’s natural response to illness or damage is arthritis, which is fairly frequent, especially as we age. There is good news: it is manageable.
What are types of arthritis?
- Inflammatory arthritis, a systemic condition, your body’s defense mechanisms mistakenly attack your own joints and tissues.
- Osteoarthritis is the second and most common type of arthritis. It is a degenerative disorder that develops over time as a result of joint wear and strain brought on by ageing or trauma. A can cause pain and stiffness in your thumb or finger joints, but it most frequently affects weight-bearing joints like the knees, hips, lower spine, or big toe.
What are symptoms of arthritis?
Its symptoms can be mild, moderate or severe and include:
- Pain, stiffness, swelling and tenderness in joints
- Joints that are red and warm to touch
- Decreased range of motion and limping
- Development of a deformity in joint(s)
- Difficulty doing daily tasks, walking or climbing stairs
- Affected quality of life
Through physical examinations, blood tests, imaging scans, and other procedures, your primary care doctor will be able to identify the symptoms and signs of an arthritic condition. It will probably be required to refer patients with inflammatory arthritis to a rheumatologist. Patients are occasionally directed to experts in more complicated cases so they can address other causes and symptoms of their ailment.
If you’re having joint pain at any age, talk to your doctor. Ask them how you might be able to take steps now to ensure your aging years are happy and pain free.
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