Thursday, March 25, 2010
Did you know that there are more than 100 kinds of arthritis!? That's right and they affect over 20 million people in the U.S. One of these kinds of arthritis is known as osteoarthritis, or degenerative arthritis. Of all the kinds of arthritis, osteoarthritis happens to be the most common form. As with other forms of arthritis, it affects joints, especially those that are weight bearing, like the knees, feet, and spine. Both fortunately and unfortunately, the most common reason for osteoarthritis onset is simple aging. This means if you are below the age of 45, arthritis is probably something you don't have to worry about. However, this also means that as you get older, there isn't much you can do to prevent it. The most common symptom of osteoarthritis is pain in the joints after repeated use, however, symptoms may vary widely from patient to patient. While osteoarthritis may be inevitable for you, there are things you can do to treat and help prevent it. Excersice and overall healthy living can make a huge difference in how much pain you experience from arthritis. Living healthier will also help prevent other, sometimes more serious disease and conditions, such as cancer.