Arthritis pain is often difficult to live with. I am one of the all -too- lucky ones that is affected with this painful condition. There are many types of arthritis, so it is important to see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Osteoarthritis is a common form of arthritis. It is usually caused by normal wear and tear experienced with aging. It can also be caused by previous injuries in the affected joint. Pain and stiffness in the joint(s) are the main symptoms. The pain is caused by inflammation. Treatment includes exercise, medications, and weight reduction. Many patients find that over-the-counter supplements, such as Glucosamine and Chondroitin, really help manage their arthritis.
There are other types of arthritis that are caused by various autoimmune disorders. Psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis are types of arthritis that are considered autoimmune disorders. Ankylosing spondylitis is a rheumatic disorder that causes inflammation of the spine. With this condition, the spine can eventually fuse together causing disability. These types of arthritis require treatment from a specialist known as a rheumatologist. There are many treatments available for these long-term diseases. Medications, injections, and IV therapy are common treatments for rheumatic and autoimmune arthritis.
If you are suffering from any type of arthritis, take comfort in knowing that you are not alone. There are many very good treatment options available that will enable you to live a relatively normal life.Talk to your doctor today!