Arthritis can be described as the swelling and tenderness of one or more joints.
- joint pain
- reduce Range of Motion (ROM)
Said so, Arthritis can be a consequence of another type of disease, like:
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Juvenile idiopathic
- Psoriatic A.
- Reactive A.
- Septic A.
- Thumb A.
Those types of Arthritis do manifest in different body areas and can manifest simultaneously.
Symptoms can worsen with the ageing process.
We refer to osteoarthritis as the condition when the cartilage between the bonds that form a joint does wear out.
Cartilage is a hard, slippery tissue that seat between 2 bonds, like the knee cap and femur, or between the bond of your fingers and toes.
Rheumatoid arthritis is more of a disease type where the immune system attacks the joints.
Rheumatoid A. is a disease in which the immune system attacks the joints.
In the case of Osteoarthritis, the cause can be found in joint overloading due to chronic injuries, or unbalance within the musculoskeletal system.
For example, wearing high heels, or having a high foot arch, can lead to wear in the cartilage of the big toes.
There is no cure for this type of arthritis, and pain management, through manual therapy and or medications is what so far can be done.
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For rheumatoid arthritis, there are fewer know reasons why can happen, but there are some factors that can play a role, such as:
- Family history
- Joint injury
To diagnose Arthirthis you would have to see your GP and go for further investigations such as an X-ray, blood test or other medical investigations process.