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What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a medical condition causing joint inflammation and in other connective tissues of the body. It is one of the most common disorders found these days and causes pain or inflammation making it complex for the patient to physically stay active. This condition is very common in the body’s different parts such as lower back, knees, hands, fingers, and hips. The primary symptoms of arthritis are aching, pain, swelling, and stiffness in or around the joints. Inflammation due to arthritis leads to affecting the ligaments and tendons surrounding the joints. The symptoms usually develop slowly and suddenly may lead to causing inability for a person when it comes to performing daily tasks.

Types of arthritis

There are different types of arthritis which are: 

  • Osteoarthritis- leads to causing cartilage which is a hard and slippery tissue covering the bone's end part
  • Rheumatoid arthritis- It is a type of autoimmune disorder that usually occurs in the joints lining
  • Gout- It causes hard crystals in the uric acid to be formed in the joints 
  • Psoriatic arthritis- It is a joint inflammation that occurs in people with autoimmune disorders causing irritation 
  • Juvenile arthritis- This type affects the juvenile joints below the age of 16. In this type of arthritis, the immune system is attacked. 

Causes of Arthritis

The causes of arthritis might vary according to the arthritis type and there is no one cause for all types of arthritis. Here are some of the probable causes of arthritis:

  • An injury causing degenerative arthritis
  • An abnormal metabolism
  • An immune system dysfunction
  • Infections like Lyme disease
  • Genetic inheritance
  • Bone fractures
  • Sudden breakages in bone tissues
  • Bacterial or viral infections in bones

Arthritis symptoms

The common symptoms of arthritis are as:

  • Redness 
  • Stiffness 
  • Swelling 
  • Tenderness 
  • Warmth
  • Severe pain 

Arthritis Diagnosis 

The doctor begins the arthritis diagnosis by asking questions about the patient's symptoms and how joint pain affects their life. To evaluate the answers, the doctor will initiate a physical assessment which might involve the following:

  • Mobility assessment and motion range in the joints 
  • Identifying the areas that are tender and swelling across the joints 
  • Overall health evaluation and determining if any other condition is causing the symptoms 

There are imaging tests that are ordered for the appropriate arthritis diagnosis: 

  • X-ray
  • Magnetic resource imaging 
  • Ultrasound 

Arthritis Treatment

No cure is available for arthritis treatment, however there are certain options which help in managing the condition. The treatment plan depends on the condition's severity and its symptoms. Here are some of the treatment options:

  • Medications- Pain and anti-inflammatory medications are recommended to relieve the arthritis symptoms 
  • Physical therapy- Rehabilitation is suggested as it benefits in improving strength, motion range, and overall mobility
  • Therapeutic injections- Cortisone shots are given to relieve the arthritis symptoms. Viscosupplementation is also prescribed as it benefits in moving the joint smoothly 

Why should you choose Rukmani Birla Hospital for Arthritis Treatment?

Rukmani Birla Hospital, Jaipur is among the eminent multi-special hospitals operating in the city for decades. The hospital has integrated the most amazing and experienced doctors including other staff members. We ensure dedicating ourselves to offering exceptional and satisfactory patient care. The primary objective behind the inception of this hospital is to make healthcare services available to everyone at an affordable cost including the finest treatment. So, if you are diagnosed with arthritis and looking for the treatment, then get in touch with our most skilled and highly talented orthopaedic professionals at RBH.


Can arthritis be cured?

No cure is available to treat arthritis permanently.

How to prevent Arthritis?

Here are some tips that help in preventing arthritis: 

  • Maintain healthy weight 
  • Control blood sugar 
  • Exercise 
  • Stretching 
  • Avoid injury
  • Quit smoking 
  • Getting a routine preventive cure 

Is arthritis a serious disease?

Yes, arthritis involves several physical and social outcomes lowering the quality of life for an individual. It might lead to unbearable pain, premature death, and disability.

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