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Arthritis

Arthritic complaints can vary from their diagnosis to the way in which their symptoms present. There are many different types of arthritis, Osteoarthritis (A.K.A. "wear and tear") and Rheumatoid Arthritis are some of the more commonly known and more commonly seen arthritic complaints that present in practice. These types of arthritis typically give pain in different locations of the body, such as the extremities most commonly the wrists and fingers known as the carpal-metacarpal joints and the metacarpal-phalangeal joints. Other areas commonly affected by Osteoarthritis are, the spine, feet, knees and hips.

Osteoarthritis has begun to affect people in younger ages than it previously ever has, i.e. people in their 20's and 30's and this is due to the more sedentary life that society as a whole has, and the rise of the technological era (Sitting at computers and looking at mobile phones and tablets).

Some other types of Arthritis are, Psoriatic Arthritis, Gout, Lupus, and in more recent years Fibromyalgia has been integrated into the arthritic diagnostic group.

Signs and Symptoms

Arthritic complaints can cause:

  • Aches and pains into the extremities

  • Achy pain into joints

  • Increased pain in colder weather

  • Stiffness in the morning

  • Stiffness in joints (especially fingers and wrists)

  • Repetitive pain in the same area

  • Lack of joint mobility