World Arthritis Day
Millions of people around the globe are affected by arthritis. Their lives are often disrupted by the constant pain and swelling of their joints. World Arthritis Day is an international day that raises awareness about this condition and the impact it has on the lives of people who are affected. The Arthritis Foundation created World Arthritis Day to accomplish this and encourage policymakers worldwide to reduce the burden on those with Arthritis.
Arthritis can be summed up by its name. It is derived from the greek words itis and arthro which mean inflammation. It is a condition that causes inflammation of the joints. However, unlike common belief that arthritis is a disease, it is often a sign of another condition. Gout, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis are some of the most common causes of this often crippling and painful condition.
It has been proven that arthritis has been around as long as animals have had bones. The fossil study of dinosaur bones even shows that ankle arthritis was common in dinosaurs. It has been proven that it is a common condition in prehistoric humans and was present at least 4500 BC. It was first described and diagnosed in William Musgraves 1715 work, De Arthritide symptomatica.
There is no cure for conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid. However, there are many treatments. These are mainly basic health control measures, such as increasing exercise and reducing your weight. The majority of treatments, other than those that are prescribed, focus on relieving the symptoms and not trying to cure them.
Although physical therapy is often effective, the nature of the condition can often make it difficult to implement. Although motion hurts, it is one of the most effective treatments. It helps reduce inflammation and provides long-term pain relief.
This condition is often associated with older people and the health issues that they face. However, statistical evidence shows that the majority of those affected are over 65. There is a third group of sufferers who are younger than 65. Nearly 30% of those affected are under 65. Some of these people are as young as their teens, while others are even younger.
Learn as much as you can about this condition and how to prevent it from becoming a problem in your life. You can prevent this from becoming a problem in your life by taking steps today to improve your health. To find out if your risk of developing Osteoarthritis, you can visit the Arthritis Foundations website and take their test.
World Arthritis Day can be a great opportunity to help those who are suffering from the condition. Take a day to visit relatives with arthritis and assist them with any issues that may arise. Do some research to get a better understanding of the impact it has on people’s lives.