Arthritis is a joint disorder which involves an inflammation of joints. There are more than a hundred different arthritis forms with various causes and methods of treatment. The most common types of arthritis are: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, septic arthritis, juvenile arthritis, gout, Still’s disease, fibromyalgia, spondylitis, ankylosing, Sjögren's syndrome.
Arthritis Research UK found out that the majority of arthritis types are induced by a number of factors which increase the risk of the disease occurrence. These are: genes, previous injury, peculiarities of hard work, infections, allergic reactions, foods, obesity and autoimmune disease.
Arthritis symptoms usually appear gradually, but they may also appear abruptly. This disease is more common for elderly patients over 65 years of age, however there are cases when it develops in younger people, kids and adolescents. It is also more spread among women than men, and in those who are overweight (according to CDC).
The majority of arthritides cause swelling and pain in the joints, stiffness and in some cases a permanent ache in the area of the damaged joint. Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis affect different organs that become a reason of such symptoms as partial inability of a limb/walking, fatigue, sleeping disorder, weight loss, anxiety, muscle pains, difficulty with moving the joint, sensitivity etc.
In advanced forms of arthritis the symptoms develop as well. Patients who have decreased their movements, usually experience constant joint pain along with muscle weakness and flexibility loss. This, of course, affects a patient’s quality of life. However, arthritis prescription medication along with physical therapy may significantly improve it, even though so far there is no cure for this excruciating disease.
Generally there is a number of medications which can be utilized for treating arthritis. Specialists usually prefer arthritis medications with the least of side effects. Then, if they are not effective enough, the number of prescribed drugs is increased. Luckily, evidence-based medicine has found a great deal of medication treatment for different arthritis types today, which includes medications for juvenile arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and many others.