Understanding Arthritis

What is Arthritis?

What is arthritis? 

Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation in the joints. This is a common condition with more than 10 million people in the UK suffering with arthritis and can affect people of all ages. Symptoms of arthritis usually include joint pain, stiffness and swelling. Arthritis itself isn't actually a condition, but refers to a collection of around 100 different types of joint inflammation conditions or joint diseases.

What are the most common forms of arthritis?

Two of the most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis:

Osteoarthritis Is the most common type of arthritis affecting around 90% of those suffering with arthritis and will most commonly develop in those over 40 years old. It is caused by the cartilage between the joints wearing down, causing the bones to rub against each other when moved, but can also occur as a result of injury. When the cartilage wears down it can cause swelling and bony spurs known as osteophytes. The condition frequently affects the joints connected to hands, knees, hips and back.

Rheumatoid arthritis is less common but more severe and is a result of the immune system attacking the joints. Women are three times more likely than men to be affected by rheumatoid arthritis.

What age can you get arthritis?
A popular arthritis myth is that arthritis is an old persons condition and an inevitable result of ageing. However arthritis affects people of all ages, and you in you can develop arthritis at a young age knowns as juvenile arthritis.

How to treat arthritis
If you are suffering from joint pain you should visit your doctor for a diagnosis and individual treatment advice. Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis but much can be done to reduce pain and inflammation and ensure your arthritis develops at a slower rate. Maintaining a healthy weight and exercising the affected joints is important place to start. If arthritis runs in your family, keeping fit is strongly advised.

TENS for Arthritis
Many people who suffer with arthritis find that they experience pain relief through electronic pain relief. A TENS machine such as our Paingone Pen is applied directly to the area of pain, the unit then sends micro electric current to your nerves to block the feeling of pain. This is especially useful for the ongoing pain management of arthirits as it's a method of pain relief that does not involve drugs and is very low risk for most.

Heat Therapy for Arthritis
Heat therapy can take the form of a hot cloth or hot water bottle, applying heat to stiff joints can help improve blood flow and help to reduce inflammation. This is another drug-free natural solution to try.

If you believe that you are suffering from arthritis, always speak to your GP to get a full diagnosis, they can also help with a plan for managing the ongoing pain you may be feeling.