Arthritis is a disease that causes joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. There are more than 100 types of arthritis. Two common forms are Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in five adults in the U.S. has been diagnosed with arthritis. Although arthritis is considered to be an older person’s disease, Juvenile Arthritis (JRA) can affect young people.
There are many different causes of arthritis, including autoimmune disease, weight, injury, and stress on your body from work, sports and other activities. Arthritis can affect any joint—your neck, spine, knee, hip, thumb, hand, wrist—as well as other areas of your body, including internal organs. The most common place for arthritis is in the hand.
SYMPTOMS OF ARTHRITIS
- You have joint pain, achiness, stiffness, and swelling for more than two weeks
- Your pain is worse in the morning or after sitting
- Your joint feels warm to the touch
- You have trouble moving your joints
WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT ARTHRITIS?
Your healthcare provider can confirm that you have arthritis and recommend the appropriate treatment. Left untreated, some forms of arthritis can lead to complications.
Anti-inflammatory medication such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen can help with your pain and swelling. Other medications may also be prescribed by your healthcare professional. A physical or occupational therapist can recommend treatment to help reduce your pain and swelling and help you gain strength, mobility and dexterity. Wearing a splint that rests your joints at night and provides support and comfort during the day may also be helpful.
SPLINTS AND BRACES THAT CAN HELP(Click on the box below)