Arthritis​

Arthritis means joint inflammation, but the term is used to describe around 200 conditions that affect joints, the tissues that surround the joint, and other connective tissue. It is a rheumatic condition.

Fast facts on arthritis​

  • Factors in the development of arthritis include injury, abnormal metabolism, genetic makeup, infections, and immune system dysfunction.
  • It can cause a range of symptoms and impair a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks.
  • Physical activity has a positive effect on arthritis and can improve pain, function, and mental health.
  • Treatment aims to control pain, minimize joint damage, and improve or maintain quality of life. It involves medications, physical therapies, and patient education and support.

Meditations

Non-pharmacologic therapies

Physical or occupational therapy

Splints or joint assistive aids

Patient education and support

Weight loss

Types

There are around 200 types of arthritis, or musculoskeletal conditions. These are split into seven main groups: