Arthritis is a form of inflammatory joint disorder. It may affect one or more joints.
Arthritis affect approximately 3.85 million Australians and cost to our economy of more than $23.9 billion a year in medical care and indirect cost. It is the major cause of disability and chronic pain in this country. The number of people with this problem is predicted to go up to 7 million in 2050 as the population ages. Arthritis can make a person to remain inactive and contribute to an increased risk of obesity, high cholesterol, heart disease and depression.
There are more than 100 different types of arthritis. Most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Others include rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and septic arthritis.
Regardless of the type of arthritis, the common symptoms are pain, weak, swelling, joint stiffness, constant aches around the joints, tenderness, difficulty moving the joint, muscle aches and pains, and muscle weakness. Health professional made diagnosis by clinical examination, radiology and blood test.
There is currently no cure of most arthritis yet. Treatment options vary depending on the type of arthritis. There are many treatments which could help to reduce symptoms, such as lifestyle change, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, medications and surgery. Most patients benefit from combined therapies.