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How to Manage Your Arthritis and Joint Pain

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Arthritis occurs when there is inflammation of a joint. Arthritis can cause pain and swelling of joints. Treatment of arthritis may require medications, activity modifications, injections, or even joint replacement surgery.
  1. What is Arthritis?
  2. Types of Arthritis
  3. Symptoms of Arthritis
  1. Arthritis Treatments
  2. Joint Replacement Surgery
  3. Prevention of Arthritis

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation of joint. While there are many types of arthritis, all types cause joint inflammation. Common complaints of people with arthritis include joint pain, swelling, and stiffness.

Types of Arthritis

Arthritis come in many different types, and can affect any joint. Determining the best treatment for your arthritis will depend on identifying the type of arthritis and determining which joints are affected.

Symptoms of Arthritis

Common symptoms of arthritis include joint pain, swelling, and limited movement. The severity of symptoms of arthritis tends to correspond to the degree of inflammation of the joint.

Arthritis Treatments

Once you have determined the type of arthritis, you can review potential treatments for your condition. Most often, doctors will recommend trying simpler treatments for arthritis first to determine if your condition can be managed with minimal intervention.

Joint Replacement Surgery

Joint replacement surgery is generally considered a last-step treatment for the most severe cases of joint arthritis. Joint replacement surgery uses artificial joints to take the place of your worn out joint.

Prevention of Arthritis

The best way to avoid problems associated with arthritis is to try to prevent progression of the condition. For people who have had arthritis in one joint, it is important to prevent the progression of arthritis in other joints.

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