Coming of age equals coming of a variety of body pains. And do you know what most of our oldies would complain about regarding this issue? Arthritis. An estimate of over 50 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions related conditions.
The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis. It is kind of arthritis that usually affects nearly three-quarters of those over 50. At onset of arthritis, pain is not a part of major system yet. Morning and after rest stiffness and crackling joints are usually first few symptoms that confirm diagnosis of condition. Upon development of disease, patients are expected to suffer from more discomfort, disability and pain.
If left untreated, it can become progressively distressing and painful crippling can result. This is particularly true with rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis usually affects women. It is prevalent with age group of 20 to 45.
Arthritis is not only caused by wear and tear joints undergo. There are other factors that aggravate this condition. Rheumatoid arthritis is considered an immune deficiency syndrome where antibodies develop against components of joint tissue, and mistakenly and aggressively attack joints. Misdirected neovascularization leads to displacement of water while decreasing volume and viscosity of synovial fluid (fluid between joints), further lessening flexibility and cushioning power of joint, until surfaces of raw unprotected bone painfully begin to wear against each other, as it happens in conditions of Osteoarthritis. Inborn recessive genetic errors may also predict inclination of a person to develop arthritis.
Dealing with chronic pain of arthritis can be frustrating. Pain from arthritis is often caused by inflammation, a localized protective reaction of tissues to irritation or any kind of injury and is often characterized by pain, redness, swelling and even disability. Crepitation is a process that can also cause pain that is felt by an arthritis patient. It is rubbing together of two bone fragments that cause a crackling sound. Muscle tension and fatigue can also cause pain.