Arthritis Awareness Month

Literally translating to “joint inflammation” in Latin or Greek, Arthritis is a disorder that affects the joints of the human body. People with arthritis can feel stiffness, inflammation, and pain in their bodies, sometimes causing their joints to become swollen or making it hard to move. Every May, Arthritis Awareness Month is observed in order for people to learn more about the different types of arthritis and their causes, symptoms, and treatments. It also provides an opportunity to share resources and information with family, friends, and members of your community.

Types of Arthritis

There are multiple types of arthritis; some of the more common ones include:

  • Osteoarthritis – the most common type of arthritis, especially in older people.
  • Ankylosing spondylitis – a condition that causes inflammation in the ligaments and joints of the spine.
  • Psoriatic arthritis – for people who have psoriasis, (scaly red and white skin patches), this condition affects the skin, joints, and areas where tissues attach to bone.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – an autoimmune form of arthritis where the immune system attacks the healthy joint tissues.
  • Reactive arthritis – caused by an infection in your body. Symptoms often clear up on their own within a few weeks of months.

Signs and Symptoms

Arthritis Awareness Month

Specific symptoms depend on the type of arthritis a patient has, but the most common ones include joint pain and stiffness. The pain often occurs while using the affected joint although it can linger. Other symptoms include swelling in and around the joint, feeling like the joint is loose or unstable, and changes in how you can move the joint. These symptoms may lead you to feel tired, have problems sleeping, and feel depressed.

Treatment Options

While there is no cure for arthritis, it can be effectively managed and treated. The goals of arthritis treatment are to improve how the joint works, help you improve or keep your quality of life, and stop your joint problems from getting worse. Your doctor or specialist with put together a unique treatment plan that may include things like:

  • Exercising, which can increase muscle strength and flexibility, as well as lower joint stiffness and pain.
  • Managing your weight to help lower the stress on joints, especially for your hips or knees.
  • Using braces or other orthotics fitted by a healthcare professional.
  • Taking medication to help manage the symptoms of arthritis.

Arthritis Awareness MonthCare and Treatment in Addison Corridor

Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic Associates of Dallas, Plano

Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic Associates of Dallas is one of the most experienced orthopedic practices in the Dallas area, treating patients for over 60 years. Their orthopedic physicians have devoted years of their lives to the study and treatment of all types of musculoskeletal conditions.

Texas Back Institute

With more than 45 years of experience, Texas Back Institute is a world leader in advancing spine technology, science, and education, as well as patient care. The facility is one of the largest freestanding multidisciplinary academic spine centers in the world.

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