Understanding Arthritis

Understanding Arthritis

The ache in your joints that throbs stronger and stronger, keeping you from doing the things you love like playing with your grandchildren, playing golf with your friends or even doing outside hobbies such as gardening is not only breaking your heart, but breaking your desire and spirit to live life to the fullest.  Arthritis pain, though treatable, requires pain management which can be done through appropriate medication through a doctor, lifestyle changes and proper exercise.

Common conditions that cause inflamed joints are actually types of arthritis:

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) affects about 1 in 100 Canadians. It is a chronic inflammatory condition affecting the joints of the spine and vertebrae.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is caused by pressure on the median nerve, which is found on the palm side of the wrist. Pressure on the median nerve causes numbness, tingling and pain, resulting in hand weakness.

Fibromyalgia is a common condition affecting many Canadians. It is most common among middle-aged women.

Gout affects 1 in 30 Canadians, and at least 4 times as many men as women. In men, gout usually develops between 30 and 50 years of age, while women develop gout much later, usually after the age of 60. Gout develops when uric acid (a chemical in the bloodstream) builds up in the body.

Lupus affects 15,000 Canadians. It most commonly affects women, up to 10 times as often as men. The term “lupus” is used to describe a group of diseases, with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) (also referred to as lupus) being the most common and also the most serious.

Lyme disease can affect both men and women at any age. It is more common in adolescents, young adults, and those involved in outdoor activities such as hiking, hunting, and climbing. Lyme disease is caused by a bite from a germ-infected tick. As the tick bites, the germ enters the body and travels through the blood to different areas.

Scleroderma, meaning “hard skin,” is a disease causing some areas of the skin to become thick and hard. It affects more than 16,000 Canadians between 30 and 50 years of age, with up to five times more women than men.

In addition to arthritis, which involves inflammation of the joints, there are conditions that cause inflammation in the areas around the joints.

Get more facts about Arthritis at BodyandHealth.Canada.com

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