‘It’s in your hands, take action’ raise awareness for arthritis and Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs). World Arthritis Day is on 12th October, however, it is not a matter of a day. Every day we have to be proactive in encouraging patients of RMDs to seize every opportunity in making life better in the segment of health, career, and family. Arthritis and Rheumatism International, first celebrated this day in 1996 to enhance alertness for early detection and proper medication, which can make a huge difference. (1)
European League against Rheumatism, (EULAR‘s) is running the campaign “Don’t Delay, Connect Today” to raise global awareness.
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is derived from the Greek word Artho. Artho means joints. It is a medical condition, which includes inflammation of one or more joints in the human body. This disease affects joints and connective tissues. There are more than 100 categories of arthritisthat affect people of all age groupsand gender. However, women are more easily affected than men. (2)
Approximately, 350 million people across the world are suffering from arthritis. 3 out of 5 patients are below the age of 65. One of the studies reported that North Americans are more susceptible to this ailment. (3) Over 180 million Indians are affected by arthritis. It accounts as one of the most prevalent diseases compared to some top listed chronic diseases. (4) Consistent pain is reported as one of the most excruciating outcomes of this illness.
Categories of Arthritis
Arthritis types can be classified in more than 100 categories. However, all these types can be categorized into four major segments: (5)
- Degenerative Arthritis- Osteoarthritisis the disease under this category.It is one of the most common type saffecting cartilages. Cartilage is the slick and cushioning surface at the end of the bones, when it wears away, one bone gets rubbed against the other. This causes pain, stiffness, and swelling. Also, it reduces the strength of joints and pain becomes chronic.
- Inflammatory Arthritis – Rheumatoidarthritis,psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and gouts falls under this category.These are generally caused by an autoimmune disorder. In general immune system makes internal inflammation, which kills the infection inside the body and prevents diseases. However, with an inflammatory type of arthritis, the immune system becomes unable to perform the proper function. Thus, it attacks the body joints with severe inflammation, which in turn erodes bones of the joint.
- Infectious Arthritis – Sometimes joints get inflammation by the intrusion of viruses, fungus, and bacteria.
- Metabolic Arthritis – Excessive uric acid secretion makes needle-like crystals in joints resulting in tremendous joint pain. If this condition is treated, thepain can be relieved.
Symptoms of Arthritis
The symptoms of arthritis are pain, swelling, irritation, problems in mobilization, and other activities getting limited. Inflammation is the main outcome of this disorder, hence, irritation and tremendous pain become an alarming situation.
Causes & Treatment of Arthritis
What causes arthritis?How it can be treated? Is it always curable? These questions can be answered by considering each category of arthritis distinctively. Degenerative arthritis is caused by excess weight, irregular diet, lack of exercise, previous injury, or genetic factors. Joint replacement is one of the methods of obtaining relief. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle, risk factors can be reduced. Early diagnosis and treatment can be helpful.
Arthritis caused by autoimmune disorder is predominantly influenced by genetic factors. Environmental factors can also be a potent cause. Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs) may remit the pain. It helps reduce pain and joint damage.
Treatment forinfectious arthritiscan be done with antibiotics. This may cure inflammation of joints and reduce pain. It is often caused by exposure to pollution or an infected person.
Metabolic arthritis is caused due to excessive intake of foods containing purines or amino acid. Medication and a balanced diet may help to reduce the risk.
Medications of Arthritis
The medication of arthritis is a vast segment. There are many Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs), Analgesics, Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
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World Arthritis Dayamidst COVID19
This year we are going through a pandemic. Hence, to support and promote awareness about this disease, we need to be digitally active. Share your thoughts, ideas, and help patients suffering to live a better life. One may use hashtags #WorldArthritisDay #Arthritis #ArthritisAwareness #CureArthritisWAD to join the global digital platform.
Awareness and support could help to reduce the risk factors and the excruciating outcome of this disease.
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