Arthritis is actually an umbrella term used for a group of more than 100 medical conditions that collectively affect nearly 46 million adults and 300,000 children in the United States alone. While the most common form of arthritis - osteoarthritis (OA) - is most prevalent in people over the age of 60, arthritis in its various forms can start as early as infancy.The common thread among these 100-plus conditions is that they all affect the musculoskeletal system and specifically the joints - where two or more bones meet.
Arthritis-related joint problems include pain, stiffness, inflammation and damage to joint cartilage (the tough, smooth tissue that covers the ends of the bones, enabling them to glide against one another) and surrounding structures. Such damage can lead to joint weakness, instability and visible deformities that, depending on the location of joint involvement, can interfere with the most basic daily tasks such as walking, climbing stairs, using a computer keyboard, cutting your food or brushing your teeth.
When you're in pain, the last thing you may want to do is exercise, but it's actually one of the best things you can do for your joints. Aerobic, strength-training, and stretching exercises can all be helpful. Physical therapy is also a common part of treatment in people with OA.
Regardless of whether you've developed osteoarthritis with age or you have rheumatoid arthritis or a painful case of gout, you don't have to let joint discomfort and stiffness prevent you from living. Let the experts at The Back and Neck Institute help you get back to living a pain free life. Don't wait, call us today at (904) 269-2437 to schedule your consultation!