There are 2 main types of arthritis
This is the type of arthritis you’ll be most familiar with. It tends to occur in adults over the age of 40 and is more likely to affect women than men. Osteoarthritis can also develop following an injury or crop up as the result of another joint-related condition, such as gout or other forms of arthritis.
The causes of osteoarthritis aren’t clear, although it does seem to occur more in people who have a family history of the condition.
The joints in your body are surrounded by a smooth lining of cartilage - a flexible, connective tissue that plays an important role in enabling them to move.
While there’s no cure for the condition, it’s not guaranteed to get worse over time and there are a number of treatments that can help to relieve the symptoms.
Our doctors can provide tailored advice on lifestyle changes, supportive therapy and if necessary, prescribe medication to help relieve pain and discomfort.
Your body usually uses swelling to help promote healing in damaged areas, however, with rheumatoid arthritis - this system runs out of control.
This causes problems with various parts of the joint - leading it to become swollen, painful and hard to move.
In some cases, there can be periods where the condition gets worse (known as a ‘flare up’), which can be triggered by a wide variety of issues, such as infections and stress. On the other hand, there may be periods where the condition dies down and sufferers don’t experience much in the way of symptoms.
Periods of inactivity can also cause stiffness to worsen, with some people experiencing difficulty with this first thing in the morning.See a Doctor About Arthritis
Fortunately, there’s a range of treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, and sufferers can often get on with their lives with just a few minor lifestyle adjustments.
Various types of medication can be used to relieve the pain, reduce the inflammation and slow the progress of the disease.
Our doctors can provide advice on your condition, work with you to help manage it better and if necessary, prescribe the right kinds of medication to help get your rheumatoid arthritis under control.