You may not know what causes arthritis,
but you sure know the effects.
- - Causes of osteoarthritis
- - What to expect from arthritis
- - Treatment options
If you’ve started to experience pain and stiffness in your joints as you get older, you may suspect you have arthritis. The first thing you should do is see a doctor for a proper diagnosis, but here’s some information you might find useful in understanding what it all means.
The Basics of Arthritis
Osteoarthritis can occur when the cartilage in your joints begins to deteriorate. As a result, the bones which were normally separated and cushioned by this cartilage can begin to rub against each other. This may be the cause of some of the pain you are experiencing.
Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition. That means it can last a long time but the good news is there are treatment options to relieve your pain* and manage your arthritis.
Depending on how severe your arthritis pain* may be, there are a variety of options for treating and managing your pain.
Medications — Medications are likely to be a part of almost any minor arthritis pain treatment plan. The kind of arthritis you have, as well as its symptoms and its severity, will dictate the type of medication your doctor prescribes or recommends.
Exercise — One of the best things you can do for yourself, whether or not you have arthritis, is to get regular exercise.
Hot & Cold Treatment — Heat and cold treatments are easy methods you can use at home to reduce the pain and stiffness of arthritis.
For more on Arthritis information and treatment, visit The Arthritis Foundation.
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Talking to your Doctor
When you speak to your doctor, you’ll understandably have some concerns about your pain. It can be helpful to have a few questions prepared, like:
- How long can I expect arthritis pain to last, and will it get worse?
- How will arthritis treatment work with other medications I may be taking?
- What exercises can I do to make treatment more effective?
Cooking with Arthritis
Some companies make common kitchen devices that make things easier around the kitchen for people with arthritis, such as automatic jar openers and cheese shredders.
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