What is it?
Arthritis refers to pain and stiffness around the joints. It is caused by inflammation in and around thoses joints. There are many types but the two mains ones are osteoarthritis (wear and tear) and rheumatoid arthritis (called an auto immune disease).
How do I recogonise it?
Most patients complain of the following:
- Decreased range of motion
Arthritis is caused by joint damage, it's what damages the joints that varies. Usually it's either just wear and tear (osteoarthritis) or the body's immune system attacking the joints (Rheumatoid).
How do you treat it?
Like any disease, even if there is no cure, there is almost always something you can do to manage it and take control. There are three main areas involved in the treatment of any disease:
For information on medicines and therapies relevant to Arthritis, make an appointment at Lynch's pharmacy, Douglas, Cork on 021-4366923.
Learn all about the drugs used to treat the disease and any complementary medicines or therapies proven to help. Equip yourself with the tools to manage the condition and not be managed by it.
How do you live with it?
Certain adjustments may be needed to get on with your life, and often, some simple tips and advice can go a long way to making these changes.
We give you the most appropriate information available to make your life easier and enable you to live with your condition.
Arthritis, a Comprehensive Overview- http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/arthritis/DS01122/DSECTION=causes
Arthritis, Information for patients http://www.cks.nhs.uk/patient_information_leaflet/arthritis#-460285