Arthritis Society Canada estimates that 20% of all Canadians aged 15+ are living with arthritis. September is Arthritis Awareness Month and in an effort to raise awareness about the common condition, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about arthritis.
Source: Mayo Clinic
Arthritis is a swelling or inflammation of one or more joints. There are over 100 conditions which affect the joints and joint tissues, however there are two main types of arthritis:
Beyond their unique causes, the two branches of this condition have several distinct differences.
|Onset age||Any age||Older (usually 50+)|
|Speed||Rapid onset (weeks-months)||Develops over years|
|Joint symptoms||Swollen and stiff joints||Aching tender joints|
|Full body symptoms||Fatigue and feeling unwell on a frequent basis||Not present in OA|
|Episodes of stiffness||Can last 1 hour+||Most prevalent in the morning and at night|
While symptoms of arthritis vary from person to person, the most common signs and symptoms include:
The exact cause of RA is not known, however as a rule both OA and RA can be attributed to lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors:
X Rays and MRIs are able to diagnose the condition, however the pain and symptoms are often enough to make the necessary lifestyle adjustments.
While there is not currently a cure for arthritis, there are preventative and coping measures including certain lifestyle changes, and both medicinal and natural remedies. For advice on how to manage your arthritis symptoms, consult your doctor. You can also ask your pharmacist for general advice.
Medical interventions and products such as arthritis gloves and wrist braces are available at Lakeside Medicine Centre Pharmacy and are growing in popularity.
Looking for more information? Give us a call or chat with our staff during your next visit to the pharmacy.