Arthritic Pain and Arthritis
There are many different types of arthritis which cause pain and inflammation in your joints, most commonly in the hands and knees. Here's how to deal with the onset of arthritis
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint. There are many types of arthritis but it is most commonly seen as a disorder of the hips, knees and fingers in the elderly. However, this can be something of a myth as it can affect everyone, regardless of age.
Many young people, especially those in office jobs are showing the symptoms of arthritis earlier and earlier. It’s a self-perpetuating cycle too, because without treatment arthritis only get worse with age.
Sore hands? It could be because you’re always on the move, typing all day, moving a mouse, or worse, a trackpad. Using a keyboard may be essential for your livelihood so you can’t stop without quitting your job, putting your family under financial stress.
Chances are you’ve got arthritis from repetitive motions where the joint cartilage is slowly worn away. This results in pain varying in severity depending on its progression. Often stiffness in the joint or fingers renders the sufferer unable to use their hands properly or walk with a full range of motion.
Other symptoms include:
• Swelling at the joint and redness
• Fatigue and muscular pains
• Decreased joint mobility
These can lead to poor sleep, losing an excessive amount of weight and feeling tired and run-down on a regular basis. The pain can be persistent enough to stop you exercising, which can lead to other secondary health concerns further down the line.
If left unchecked, arthritis is a progressive disorder that gets worse with age. If no changes are made to your lifestyle to adapt to arthritis, you’ll experience increased stiffness and lack of movement and more pain as your joints lose their cartilage completely.
Getting arthritis at an early age can have drastic effects on the rest of your life, so if you’ve seen the early warning signs, it pays to get your hands, knees and hips checked out.
The first thing to determine is if it’s really arthritis you’re suffering from. There’s a chance your recurring joint pain may not actually be arthritis so this has to be ruled out first.
However, if you have already been diagnosed or if one of our therapists (not just an osteopath that would spot it) recognises your disorder, there is a way forward. You cannot reverse the damage done to your cartilage, but it is possible to reduce your pain and alleviate many of the symptoms stated above.
At The Heeler Centre, our therapists can help you by increasing joint mobility, relieving muscle tension, enhancing the blood and nerve supply and helping your body’s healing mechanisms.