Arthritis is derived from the Greek term “disease of the joints.”
Arthritis is an umbrella term for more than 100 medical conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system (your body’s bones and muscles). It specifically affects the joints where two or more bones meet.
It is very common, affecting 1 in 6 Australians, and the term includes conditions that we don’t often identify as part of the arthritis spectrum, such as Gout or Growing Pains.
They are all life-altering and can create a lot of discomfort and pain in sufferers but, with the right treatment, the symptoms can be kept under control and patients can have a good quality of life.
There are many other conditions that are included under the umbrella of arthritis. That’s why an expert medical opinion is crucial to determine the best treatment.
Your doctor will determine if you have arthritis based on medical history and exploration, and sometimes x-rays and blood tests.
While no cure is available, there are treatments to relieve pain and in some cases reduce the chances of symptom recurrence.
Overall, treatment focuses on:
Although there’s no cure for Arthritis, the outlook for most people with Arthritis is very positive. For many people Arthritis will be mild and not cause major problems.
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