THE BASICS OF ARTHRITIS
The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis affecting nearly 27 million Americans.
Arthritis symptoms can come and go and include pain, stiffness and swelling, and decreased range of motion. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and can change over time. If you experience pain, see your doctor for a diagnosis and follow his/her instructions.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor about combining several treatment strategies to get maximum arthritis pain relief.
WHAT'S BEHIND IT?
When it comes to figuring out what causes arthritis, it really depends on the type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis can be caused by an injury to the joints, which can break down the cartilage — connective tissue that protects the joints by absorbing stress. See your doctor to develop a pain management plan specific to your arthritis diagnosis.
WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT
Don’t be afraid to combine several treatment strategies to get maximum arthritis pain relief. Just be sure to discuss with your doctor all the new treatments you’d like to try; here are a few options to discuss with your doctor: