Under the term of arthritis is understood a number of illnesses related to joints. The problem can affect people of different age and sex.
To the most common arthritis symptoms refer pain and stiffness of the joints as well as swelling and motion problems. Most symptoms are not permanent, they appear and can escalate at times and they can be characterized by being either moderate or mild, or severe.
There are about 100 different arthritis types, among them there are degenerative arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, infectious arthritis and metabolic arthritis. Degenerative arthritis, or osteoarthritis, refers to the most common condition that affects most people.
Arthritis diagnosis often begins with a primary care physician, who performs a physical exam and may do blood tests and imaging scans to help determine the type of arthritis.
In order to treat arthritis it is essential to get a right diagnosis, which is done after a physical exam as well as blood tests and scans. At the present moment there is no absolute cure for the condition; however, there are many treatments that are able to alleviate the condition to a fair extend. Among them are physical therapy and medication therapy.
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