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How to Tell If Your Joint Pain Is Caused by Arthritis

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Nearly 54.4 million American adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, and in more than 30% of these diagnosed cases, patients report enough pain to limit their lifestyle, daily routine, and even their work. If you are experiencing joint pain and are worrying if you may be a part of these statistics, you’re probably starting to wonder: how can I tell if my joint pain is caused by arthritis?

Arthritis is essentially the inflammation of a joint, but this inflammation can occur for several reasons. Below we’ve provided details regarding the four major warning signs of arthritis. If you are experiencing more than one of these signs, you should head to a doctor for examination right away.

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Essential Lifestyle and Dietary Changes for Arthritis Patients

Arthritis

Arthritis is the inflammation of the joints. It affects 23% of the adult population in the U.S. There are more than 100 types of arthritis (including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis), and each type has its own causation mechanisms and therapies.

Living a life with arthritis is not easy, but you can make some lifestyle and dietary changes to manage your symptoms better. Let’s take a look!

Lifestyle Changes for Arthritis Patients

1. Regular Exercise

If you want to maintain good joint health, you must stay active! Exercise helps you maintain your body weight and keeps your joints functioning optimally. Choose a fitness regimen that focuses on strengthening muscles, maintaining flexibility and burning calories. Before you begin, discuss what exercises are best for you with your doctor.

2. Mindful Meditation

Mindful meditation teaches you to embrace the sensations in the moment. Over time, you can lessen your fear, stress, and depression in response to arthritis pain. It may seem nonsensical to explore your feelings of pain, but accepting your pain can help you manage it. Many people who have been practicing meditation for a long time attest that they can completely ignore all of their pain symptoms.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis 101 – Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

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Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that typically affects a patient’s joints. However, the condition can affect other parts of the body as well including, but not limited to eyes, blood vessels, skin, and lungs. Just like all other autoimmune disorders, Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own tissues.

Unlike the gradual wear and tear of osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of the joints rather than the cartilage. This leads to painful swelling which, if left unchecked, can result in bone deformity and erosion.

This article will serve as an introduction to rheumatoid arthritis, outlining what causes it, what the symptoms are, and what treatments patients can opt for to manage this autoimmune condition. So let’s get into it!

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Osteoarthritis 101 – Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

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Osteoarthritis is a joint condition that is the most common form of arthritis today. The condition affects millions of people worldwide, and although it can potentially affect any joint in the body, it most commonly affects joints in the knees, hands, hips, and spine. Osteoarthritis is a weakening of the joints resulting from a wearing away of the protective cartilage surrounding the body’s joints. Cartilage serves the joints by cushioning them and allowing a smooth range of motion. When the cartilage wears away, the joints become creaky and damaged, resulting in inflammation and joint pain.

This article will serve as a brief introduction to osteoarthritis, outlining what causes it, the symptoms, and how a patient suffering from osteoarthritis can manage and treat their joint condition. So let’s get into it!

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Why Am I In Pain?

Ask any older person and they’re likely to tell you that when you turn age 50 you’re going to hurt somewhere every day. This could be more fact than fiction.

While pain is something we all try to avoid it does serve a useful purpose. It’s our body’s way of telling us there’s something wrong. A prudent person will heed the warning signs of pain and ask their health care professional if there’s cause for concern. It could be nothing to worry about or it could be your body signaling you to take action to head off a more serious condition.

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