Am I at risk for getting arthritis?
Anyone, at any age, can get arthritis. A lucky few never have to deal with arthritis at all. It just depends on you and your genetic makeup. You have a higher risk of suffering from arthritis if you:
- Are older
- Have arthritis in your family
- Are a woman
- Have bone spurs
- Have a physically demanding job
- Are overweight or obese
- Have had a previous injury to the area
Are there different types of arthritis?
Yes. The broad term “arthritis” includes over 100 different types of conditions that all impact your joints. One of the most common types of arthritis is osteoarthritis. With this type of arthritis, the protective cartilage between your bones wears down. This can happen as a natural part of aging, although injuries can certainly cause osteoarthritis.
With rheumatoid arthritis, another common type of arthritis, you have an underlying autoimmune disorder. Your immune system attacks your joints, body breaking down protective tissues and bone, leaving you with severe pain and swelling.
Gout affects many arthritis sufferers, too. When you have gout, you have excessive uric acid buildup in your body, which creates sharp crystal deposits in your joints. While gout most commonly affects men, women may also have gout.
What is the treatment for arthritis?
Your custom arthritis treatment plan is tailored to help improve your symptoms, without causing you any more pain or strain. It’s likely that you’ll need a combination of treatments to help improve your arthritis symptoms. Your treatment may include:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Daily exercises
- Hyaluronic acid injections
- Recommended dietary supplements