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 pain.

Don't have a physician? Texas Health has many physicians on the medical staff who specialize in treating arthritis.

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