October 12 starts Bone and Joint Health Awareness Week, but it is also World Arthritis Day.
Arthritis is very common, but not well understood. It affects 1 in 5 adults. It is inflammation of the joints, causing pain, stiffness, and a decreased range of motion that can worsen with age. Symptoms may come and go as they please. There is no cure, but treatment may help. The term “arthritis” is an umbrella term that encompasses many conditions. It is not a single disease. There are more than 100 different types of arthritic conditions. These conditions are the leading cause of disability in the United States. They are more common among women, and more frequently seen as people get older.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritic conditions seen. It is often related to aging or to an injury. Autoimmune arthritis happens when your body’s immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake. Rheumatoid arthritis also known as RA is the most common form seen. Gout is a painful type of arthritis that happens when too much uric acid builds up in the body. It most often starts in the big toe. CompassionCare Hospice knows how common it is to see someone how suffers from an arthritic condition.