For the nearly one in five adults in the United States who
have arthritis, it is often the smallest tasks that are the
biggest challenge. Twisting the top off a soda bottle, using
scissors, gripping a pen, getting up out of a chair - all can
be extremely painful for a person with arthritis. The chronic
pain, stiffness and limited movement caused by arthritis can
significantly impact a person's quality of life. However, new
medications, treatments and strategies can help arthritis
sufferers manage the impact on their life.
Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints, which
results in pain, swelling, stiffness and limited movement. It
involves the breakdown of cartilage. Cartilage normally
protects the joint, allowing for smooth movement. Cartilage
also absorbs shock when pressure is placed on the joint.
Without the usual amount of cartilage, the bones rub
together, causing pain, swelling and stiffness.
Arthritis actually refers to more than 100 different diseases
that affect areas in or around joints, including
osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Texas Health Resources has a multidisciplinary team of
experts who can quickly and effectively diagnose arthritis
and provide you with a range of treatment options. Plus, you
can try these tips for preventing arthritis and arthritis
Don't have a physician? Texas Health has many physicians on
the medical staff who specialize in treating arthritis.