Arthritis: Why do we get it, and how can we help to ease the pain

johnnydodStarred Page By johnnydod, 19th Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A look at the debilitating inflammatory disease Arthritis, with millions affected no one is immune it could happen to you.

Most known in older people but It can happen to anyone at any age.

Arthritis is an inflammatory disease that affects more than 8 million people in the UK and 27 million in the United States; anyone can be affected however the chances of getting it increase by age, but not necessarily. I for example contracted it when I was around 16,

It can occur in children as young as 7 but for most of us it’s from around the late 40s, other factors include being overweight, more women get it than men, three time more often than men, it can also be heredity, joint injury can after a time cause arthritis and also if you have a physically demanding job.

Lots of different forms but most people are affected by the two most common forms

Although there are more than 100 different forms of arthritis the two most common are osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease) the most common form and rheumatoid arthritis.

Unfortunately there is no cure but gentle exercising, losing weight and pain killers such as paracetamol, codeine and anti-inflammatory creams. can all help alleviate the pain.


This form of the disease is the most common it affects the hands, feet, spine, hips and knees, although in theory, any joint in the body can be affected.

As it developments, the affected joints appear bigger, become stiff and painful, and usually feel better with gentle use but worse with excessive or prolonged use; this distinguishes it from rheumatoid arthritis.
Now that a whole different ball game.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, condition that may affect many tissues and organs, but it predominantly attacks the joints.its the second most common form of arthritis in the UK.

Rheumatoid arthritis is known to reduce the lifespan of patients by anywhere from three to 12 years and in some cases it can be fatal. In the old days we used to call it "rheumatic fever,

Rheumatoid arthritis was first recognised by the French surgeon Dr. Augustin Jacob Landré-Beauvai in 1800 at the time he identified it as gout and it was the English physician Alfred Baring Garrodwho in 1859 coined the phrase Rheumatoid arthritis

What can you do to help yourself cope

There are also complementary medicines such as, acupuncture, Alexander technique, aromatherapy, chiropractic, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, massage, meditation, osteopathy, tai chi and yoga, Capsaicin gel, made from chilli peppers, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Ginger, and Flaxseed oil can all help alleviate symptoms as well as Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)


You should tell your doctor, physiotherapist or occupational therapist if you're considering seeing a complementary specialist. If the condition worsens there are stronger pain killer available and steroid injections can help, when it gets to a stage when none of the above works any more surgery involving joint replacement such as knee or hip are the last resort.

There are over 80,000 knee replacements performed in the UK every year, most of the patients are over sixty-five years and more than half of these being female. The TKR operation typically involves considerable postoperative pain, and includes vigorous physical rehabilitation, (and I can vouch for that)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
26th Jul 2012 (#)

Timely information for me johnnydod... much appreciate page and information...

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author avatar norlaw1935
26th Jul 2012 (#)

Good article. A lot of information that is very good.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
26th Jul 2012 (#)

Very interesting as well as informative, as usual. But then I have come to expect nothing less from you, Johnny.

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author avatar stevetheblogger
26th Jul 2012 (#)

Wonderful article brimming with advice.
Best Wishes

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author avatar Ptrikha
27th Jul 2012 (#)

Very useful and informative article. Now even youngsters are more at risk to arthritis due to more sedentary lifestyle.

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author avatar shaheda
27th Jul 2012 (#)

Good info.Helpful too.

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author avatar Retired
27th Jul 2012 (#)

Very informative. Great article~

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author avatar Denise O
27th Jul 2012 (#)

Johnny a well written and informative page on arthritis. The photos just make me cringe at the pain those folks are now experiencing, so sad. As always Johnny, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Don Rothra
27th Jul 2012 (#)

Nice work

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author avatar A K Rao
29th Jul 2012 (#)

That was a great piece of information dear Johnny! Thanks for sharing!

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
29th Jul 2012 (#)

Articulated only as a man who has had a knee replaced might be expected to do! Great info, Johnny and artfully presented.

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author avatar krrymarie
2nd Oct 2012 (#)

Good write johnny. I have suffered since I was about 25 ish. I have psoratic arthritis which is due to psoriasis. and is very painful,

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