Arthritis - don't let it hold you back

Arthritis - don't let it hold you back

 

Arthritis affects over 10 million people in the UK and is one of the country's leading causes of disability, and yet a large majority of people will develop it at some stage of their lives without even realising! So... what's the secret to managing and preventing this painful, or not so painful, disease?

What is arthritis? Arthritis is a Greek term derived from Arthro- (meaning 'joint') and -itis (meaning 'inflammation'), therefore meaning, 'inflammation of a joint'. Whilst there are several different types of arthritis, the most frequently diagnosed type is 'Osteoarthritis' or OA for short. OA is caused by either the gradual wear and tear of the joint's cartilage surface or the result of a traumatic injury, both exposing the underlying bone to excessive forces that lead to erosion and inflammation. It is often characterised by: • Pain and stiffness in and around the joint; • Swelling and/or bony deformity of the joint; • Weakening of the supporting joint ligaments and muscles; • and loss of mobility, function and possibly sleep, due to pain. Recent research has highlighted that a sedentary lifestyle and an unhealthy diet are two of the leading causes of OA, with people over the age of 55 being at greatest risk. How do I know if I've got OA? If you can relate to the above list of symptoms, making you increasing aware of pain around your hip, back or knee, then it is entirely possible that you have some form of arthritis! The definitive investigations for OA are joint X-rays and blood tests as requested by your GP, but it should be noted that most people will eventually develop some form arthritis in their body at some point in their lives, so being diagnosed with OA doesn't always mean the worst prognosis. Whether you are diagnosed with OA, feel that you may have it, or are at greater risk of developing it, there are some really simple ways to alleviate your symptoms and / or prevent progression of this disease. How to manage and prevent OA Considering that most cases are exacerbated by sedentary lifestyles, weakened joint muscles and overall inactivity, one of the most simplest ways to reduce symptoms or prevent their onset is to KEEP MOVING!! Exercise and regular body movement will help to keep your joints well lubricated with synovial fluid - the body's equivalent to WD40! Consider an arthritic joint like a rusty door hinge, it takes a good few push and pulls to break down the rust before the door can open and close again. It's the same in our joints, if OA has set in it may take some gentle persuasion at first, but eventually regular joint movement will help to reduce the pain and free up the movement. Once the joints are moving better its worth starting and maintaining some form of regular exercise to improve the strength of the supporting joint muscles. That way you can help prevent it getting worse or even flaring up in the first place. The moral of the story is ... DON'T SIT try to KEEP FIT !!

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