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Arthritis

Written by Shelley Weir. Posted in Pages

arthjointsArthritis is a general term for diseases affecting the joints. There are over 100 different types of arthritis.  The most common types include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Arthritis associated with Lupus and other connective tissue diseases
  • Gout
  • Arthritis associated with infection, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease

Osteoarthritis is considered “wear and tear” and is ubiquitous, affecting almost everyone with advancing age. Typically Rheumatoid arthritis affects 1% of a population and is an autoimmune disease with characteristic joint inflammation.

Traditionally, once diagnosed with arthritis, it was taken for granted that there was only a life of pain to look forward to punctuated with the administration of painkillers in the more excruciating times. 

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