What is Arthritis?

What is Arthritis?

The word “arthritis” is a blend of the Greek words “arthron,” for joint, and “itis,” for inflammation. So “arthritis” literally means “joint inflammation.”

Although people often talk about arthritis as one disease, it’s not. There are more than 100 forms of arthritis. Some forms occur gradually as a result of natural wear of joints, and others suddenly appear and then disappear, recurring at a later date regardless of treatment. Other forms are chronic and may be progressive.

Joint pain, a sense of discomfort after periods of rest or inactivity and stiffness are probably the best known general symptoms of arthritis. But arthritic disorders frequently affect more than joints alone. Some forms can affect other organs in your body and can even threaten your life. Thankfully, these potentially fatal forms are rare.

Arthritis is a manageable health problem. It can be managed through:

• Exercise
• Joint protection techniques
• Pain control techniques
• Diet
• Maintaining a consistent positive attitude

Although, no one can promise a cure for arthritis, but this disease doesn’t have to defeat you. Arthritis can be a disabling disease. Most often it is not. Arthritis is a chronic disease that will be with you for a long time and possible for the rest of your life. Your treatments will probably change over time and medication may be adjusted. Having a positive mental outlook and the support of family and friends will help you live with arthritis and be able to continue to perform your daily activities.

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