Many seniors suffer from arthritis, which can restrict their movement and make them unable to perform personal and daily tasks.
What is arthritis?
Though “arthritis” literally means “joint inflammation,” this condition is now widely used to refer to conditions that affect muscles, bones, and tissues surrounding the joints.
A common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which happens when the tissue inside the joints are worn out and broken down. Meanwhile, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, which attacks the joint tissue so they become swollen and painful.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease, but is still not widely understood. It’s been studied that certain factors can play a role in the development of osteoarthritis: age, weight/obesity, injury of the joint, overuse, muscle weakness, and genetics.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis are:
- cartilage surrounding joints disappear
- pain on the joints
- breaking away of small bone fragments which can cause infection
- pain and/or swelling in one of more joints
- breaking away of small bone fragments
- typically, only one joint in a pair will be affected (like one knee has arthritis and the other doesn’t
- pain and swelling in joint
- stiffness and difficulty moving the joint
- pain or stiffness in the back or neck
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, which means that your own immune system wants to attack your body. While the cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, it shares some symptoms with osteoarthritis.
- Throbbing pain on the joints especially in the morning even while at rest
- Stiffness of joints, which can last for more than 30 minutes
- Red and swollen joints that are tender and painful to the touch.
While there is no diet or treatment to reverse the progress of arthritis, you can slow down its effects on you. Keep a balanced diet and an active lifestyle.
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