We have a love-hate relationship with our joints. As you move, your joints are responsible for connecting your bones and stabilizing your body. We are happy when they're healthy. However, as soon as we begin to experience pain and discomfort, our relationship turns sour. 

Imagine you having to give up on your favourite sport? Not being able to enjoy the food you loved? Constantly suffering from stress and not able to live a normal life like everybody else? 

Have you ever wondered what causes all these nightmares? One of the top conditions that is responsible for hurting our relationship is arthritis

According to the Arthritis Foundation, people with arthritis-related conditions are 2 to 10 times more likely than the general population to experience depression and anxiety, depending on the kind of arthritis.

In order to effectively cope with this condition, we first have to understand what arthritis is.

What Is Arthritis and How Does It Affect You?

Arthritis affects more than 350 million individuals worldwide (Global RA Network, 2021) and it is often known as joint disease that causes inflammation in one or more joints, such as the knees, knuckles, wrists, or ankles.

Arthritis started off as joint inflammation, but it quickly progresses to unbearable pain and discomfort if not being taken care seriously. There are over a hundred different types of arthritis, and the three most common types are:

  • Osteoarthritis (Degenerative)
  • Rheumatoid 
  • Metabolism (Gout)

Today, we are going to discuss these 3 types of conditions.

  1. Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. Some people call it degenerative joint disease or “wear and tear” arthritis. It occurs most frequently in the hands, hips, and knees. 

How does it happen?

This happens when your joints are overused and as you age. 

It is like you are losing your body's shock absorber, the cartilage, the slippery material that covers the ends of bones, gradually breaks down. These changes usually develop slowly and get worse over time. 

What are the signs and symptoms of OA?

  • Pain or aching
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased range of motion (or flexibility)
  • Swelling

Risk Factors of OA

  • Joint injury or overuse

Injury or overuse, such as knee bending and repetitive stress on a joint, can damage a joint and increase the risk of OA in that joint.

  • Age

The risk of developing OA increases with age.

  • Gender

Women are more likely to develop OA than men, especially after age 50.

  • Obesity

Extra weight puts more stress on joints, particularly weight-bearing joints like the hips and knees. This stress increases the risk of OA in that joint. Obesity may also have metabolic effects that increase the risk of OA.

  • Genetics

People who have family members with OA are more likely to develop OA. People who have hand OA are more likely to develop knee OA.

  1. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease, which means that your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake, causing inflammation (painful swelling) in the affected parts of the body.

How does it happen?

RA is the result of an immune response in which the body’s immune system attacks its own healthy cells. Some experts believe the immune system becomes "confused" after an infection with a bacteria or virus and starts to attack your joints. This can spread to other areas of the body.

What are the signs and symptoms of RA?

  • Pain or aching in more than one joint
  • Stiffness in more than one joint
  • Tenderness and swelling in more than one joint
  • The same symptoms on both sides of the body (such as in both hands or both knees)
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Fatigue or tiredness
  • Weakness

Risk Factors of RA

  • Age

RA can begin at any age, but the likelihood increases with age. The onset of RA is highest among adults in their 60s.

  • Sex

New cases of RA are typically 2 to 3 times higher in women than men.

  • Genetics/inherited traits

People born with specific genes are more likely to develop RA. These genes, called HLA (human leukocyte antigen) class II genotypes, can also make your arthritis worse. The risk of RA may be highest when people with these genes are exposed to environmental factors like smoking or when a person is obese.

  • Smoking

Multiple studies show that cigarette smoking increases a person’s risk of developing RA and can make the disease worse.

  • History of live births

Women who have never given birth may be at greater risk of developing RA.

  • Early Life Exposures

Some early life exposures may increase risk of developing RA in adulthood.  For example, one study found that children whose mothers smoked had double the risk of developing RA as adults. Children of lower income parents are at increased risk of developing RA as adults.

  • Obesity

Being obese can increase the risk of developing RA. Studies examining the role of obesity also found that the more overweight a person was, the higher his or her risk of developing RA became.

  1. Gout

Gout is an arthritic condition that causes extreme pain. Sharp crystals can form in the big toe or other joints when your body has too much uric acid, causing gout attacks.

How does it happen?

The attack will last 3 to 10 days or it could be months or years before you have another one, but it can become more regular over time. They might even last longer. Gout can harm your joints and kidneys if left untreated for too long.

Gout can be caused by one of three things:

  • Your body is producing more uric acid.
  • Your kidneys cannot process the uric acid your body makes.
  • You’re eating too many foods that raise uric acid levels.

What are the signs and symptoms of Gout?

  • Intense pain
  • Redness
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness, even to light touch, such as from a bedsheet
  • Warmth, or a feeling like the joint is “on fire”

Risk Factors of Gout

  • Age

Gout is more common in older adults and rarely affects children.

  • Sex

In people under the age of 65 years, gout is 4 times more affective among males than females.

  • Lifestyle choices

The disposal of uric acid from the body is affected by alcohol consumption. Consuming a high-purine diet also raises uric acid levels in the body. Both of these things can cause gout.

  • Medications

Certain medications can increase the levels of uric acid in the body. 

  • Weight

Being overweight or obese and having high levels of visceral body fat contributes to increased risk of gout. 

As we all know now, arthritis is the main culprit that is ruining our relationship between us and our joints. So how should you start better protecting your joints? 

Most of us are having busy schedules and may not have the opportunity to sustain a healthy diet and lifestyle. Although these are the most optimum ways to improve joint health, worry not, we have an easy solution for you which is NeeFlex.

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Reference

https://www.versusarthritis.org/about-arthritis/conditions/rheumatoid-arthritis/

https://www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/guide/most-common-arthritis-types

https://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/rheumatoid-arthritis.html

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/4755-gout

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/144827#symptoms