Arthritis is a chronic, degenerative disease of the joints in which the cartilage that supports and act as a cushion and shock absorber gradually wear away. Arthritis has many types;
- Osteoarthritis is statistically known to be the most common type of arthritis. It is more common in women after menopause and occurs as a gradual breakdown of supporting cartilage.
- Rheumatoid arthritis is the second most prevalent type. It is an autoimmune disease that occurs in both genders equally. In this disorder, your immune system mistakenly starts attacking the joint tissues.
- Lupus is another type of autoimmune arthritis. It causes inflammation and swelling in the knees.
- Psoriatic arthritis is associated with thick, silvery patches on the skin, and it causes joint pain.
You can manage arthritis at home with exercise, rest, and compression. Moderate to severe cases may require medications and steroid injections. Rheumatoid arthritis is often treated with specific medications called “disease-modifying drugs”. These drugs help dampen the immune response and reduce active inflammation in the joint body.