Arthritis Awareness Month

Arthritis is not a singular disease, there are more than 100 different types of arthritis. People of all walks of life can be effected by arthritis. It is most common among women and older adults. Since arthritis is an umbrella term for joint pain and joint disease, there is a wide range of risk factors. Some factors are within the individuals control, while other risk factors are not.

Osteoarthritis vs. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Discomfort associated with osteoarthritis is due to the loss of cartilage between bones. Bones then rub together causing pain and stiffness. Risk factors can be excessive weight, family history, age and previous injuries. Osteoarthritis can be prevented by wearing proper sports equipment, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight. Rheumatoid Arthritis is when the immune system doesn’t work properly and attacks the joints with inflammation. This inflammation can cause joint erosion and damage to other organs. Autoimmunity can be triggered from genetic and environmental factors like smoking.

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