World Arthritis Day

Arthritis is an age-related, bone-degenerative disease that affects the joints adversely by causing stiffness and inflammation as the protective tissue on top of the joints gets damaged. There are around 160 different forms of arthritis, and each of them has different treatment strategies and outcomes.

Every year, World Arthritis Day is celebrated on October 12 across the globe to raise awareness about rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs), which are a leading cause of disability. The global initiative was established in 1996 by Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI). This year, the theme of World Arthritis Day is 'Don't Delay, Connect Today'. The theme aims at showing support to those who are fighting hard to combat this ailment.

On this occasion of World Arthritis Day, IBTimes Singapore has compiled a few important things that you should be aware of regarding arthritis.

Symptoms pointing towards arthritis:

Experts say that there are several factors, including lifestyle and aging that are responsible for making one prone to ailments like arthritis. The symptoms of the disease are as follows:

  • Swelling in the limbs
  • Limited movements by limbs
  • Joint pains
  • Stiffness

Factors that cause arthritis

The causes of arthritis can actually vary from age-related wear and tear to chronic infection, severe injury or lack of any nutrient. Some of the factors that are responsible for causing arthritis are:

  • Inheritance
  • Injuries
  • Dysfunctional immune system
  • Infections
  • Abnormal metabolism

Tips to control arthritis

According to doctors, arthritis is quite painful and chronic. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are two of the most common types of arthritis. Doctors say that can last long and in most cases it cannot be curbed fully despite the availability of medicines. Here are some tips to keep this ailment under control.

  • Healthy eating habits
  • Work out
  • Yoga
  • Weight management
  • Staying active
  • Protect joints from unwanted stress
  • Consult doctor for regular check ups
  • Quit smoking

Arthritis patients need to be extremely careful with their diet as junk food can actually worsen the condition. Eating right food along with the medication can help in easing arthritis pain.