Arthritis is the painful inflammation of a joint within the body that can also be characterized by stiffness and constant joint ache . Currently, there are over 100 different types of arthritis and studies are continuously determining and discovering new forms of this painful condition. Due to a widespread number of causes and it commonality, arthritis is currently the most common chronic condition in North America, affecting more than 46 million individuals in the US, and over 350 million worldwide. Arthritis also affects over a quarter million children in the United States alone, and the majority of the adult populous, over 60%, that are affected by arthritis are women. It is classified as a rheumatic illness, meaning it is a number of conditions, similar in appearance (as per how it affects the host). However that is where the similarities end. It is comprised of differing diseases with different prognoses, complications, treatments, and characteristics, and while most types of arthritis are more of an annoyance than much else, for many, it is a cause of daily pain, suffering, and possibly crippling disability.
Early diagnosis of arthritis can be a large contributor to the overall prevention of further progression and irreversible damage of the disease. Once diagnosed accurately, an individual must be willing work closely with their doctor to develop a proper preventative regime including such lifestyle changes as proper exercise programs, supplements, plenty of rest, and medications (if required). Depending on the condition and stage of the illness, doctor’s may also recommend physical therapy, or possibly even surgery to assist in elevating the pain, and to aim for the best possible future, and long-term outcome for the illness.