World Arthritis Day will be celebrated on Thursday, October 12, and this year’s theme is ‘It’s in your hands, take action.’
In honouring World Arthritis Day it is important to know a little bit about the disorder and the symptoms that occur for those suffering from arthritis.
Here is all you need to know about the disorder that affects 10 million people in the UK.
Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common forms of the joint disorder which causes swelling and stiffness along with inflammation in other parts of the body.
The symptoms may progress gradually or all at once and vary from person to person.
They are not long-term symptoms, they come and go and may change over time and can flare up at one time or another.
This type of arthritis can affect any bone in the body but mainly affects the feet and hands first.
Typically rheumatoid arthritis affects both sides of the body at the same time.
Joint pain will be the first big and noticeable symptom of arthritis and will be at its worst when you wake up after a long period of inactivity.
The affected area will be incredibly stiff, you may not be able to fully bend your fingers or form a fist as a result.
Joints become inflamed with this type of arthritis, they will be hot and tender to touch.
This type affects the hands and feet mainly.
This type of arthritis develops in people who are suffering from the skin condition called psoriasis, typically some joints become inflamed, stiff and painful.
Psoriatic arthritis is a long-term condition that can get progressively worse, in severe cases if joints are at risk of becoming permanently damaged they will require surgical treatment.
Symptoms of this type of arthritis are similar to rheumatoid arthritis.
This is the most common type of arthritis in the UK and the main symptoms are similar to the other types of arthritis listed.
The symptoms of Osteoarthritis can be mild and may come and go, for some people the experience of pain can be more continuous and lead to severe problems with performing everyday tasks.
This type of the disorder will affect the fingers, knees and hips.
What is Arthritis?
There are over 100 different types of arthritis – osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common.
Gout, lupus, fibromyalgia and septic arthritis are all other forms of the disorder.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder which means your body’s immune system is attacking your body’s muscles, bones and tissues.
Other autoimmune diseases are celiac disease and diabetes.
Arthritis can affect anyone of any age, it can occur in children but more commonly occurs in elderly people.