Understanding arthritis

Understanding arthritis

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a condition which affects the joints, causing pain and inflammation. The two most common types are osteoarthritis, which affects the cartilage lining in turn making it harder and more uncomfortable to move. Rheumatoid arthritis is where the immune system attacks certain joints.

What are the symptoms are Arthritis?

There are many symptoms of arthritis and if you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms regularly then it is advised that you speak to a medical professional.

  • Joint inflammation – this could be in or around the joint

  • Pain and tenderness in the joint

  • Restricted and or weakened movement in the joint

For more information about the symptoms of arthritis visit the NHS website.

How to help someone living with arthritis

  • Encouraging a loved one to seek medical help if they are experiencing symptoms will enable them to get a treatment plan which will help their condition.

  • Making sure they can access the help that they need and being supportive during their treatment plan will be very beneficial to them throughout the condition.

  • Doing regular low impact exercise can help to strengthen the muscles affected by the condition. Going to an exercise class or exercising with a loved one dealing with arthritis. Low impact exercises include swimming, brisk walking and yoga.

  • Offering help with every day tasks that your loved one may find difficult will not only help them with the task but helping them in the fact of not being alone through their condition.

  • Learn about their type of arthritis. Learning about their type of condition will give you the knowledge on what they need and how best to help the particular type of arthritis.

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