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Arthritis: Know what causes the chronic pain

Updated: Mar 05, 2013, 16:46 PM IST

Arthritis is a form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints characterised by severe pain, swelling and joint stiffness.

What causes arthritis?

- Inflammation around the joint
- Damage to the joint from other diseases
- Daily wear and tear of joint
- Muscle strains caused by forceful movements

Symptoms

A person suffering from arthritis can face the following:

i) Varied levels of pain
ii) Joint stiffness and constant ache

Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis can affect other organs leading to

-Difficulty in moving joint, walking and handling things
-Drastically affects physical activity
-Fever
-Weight loss
-Insomnia
-Pain and aches in muscle
-Feeling of tiredness
-Loss of flexibility
- Decreased aerobic fitness
- Disability

Treatment

There is no cure for arthritis, nor can it be completely prevented. Physical therapy, a change in lifestyle, orthopedic bracing and medication can help reduce inflammation in joints and reduce pain. Joint replacement surgery may be required in eroding forms of arthritis.

Compiled by: Liji Varghese