08:12 Wednesday 15 May 2013

Arthritis Care Awareness Week

Written byLeah Cassday

The aim of Arthritis Care Awareness Week is to help and educate people about the condition. It’s common issue which causes pain and inflammation within a joint.

Common arthritic symptoms include:

  •  joint pain, tenderness and stiffness
  • inflammation in and around the joints
  • restricted movement of the joints
  • warmth and redness of the skin over the affected joint
  • weakness and muscle wasting

It affects different people in different ways but there are things you can do to help ease the pain. There is prescribed arthritis medication but also things like arthritis exercises which helps to loosen stiff joints and improve flexibility.

Although arthritis is often associated with older people, it affects people of all ages, including children. There are around 200 types of the condition and it currently affects about 10 million people in the UK!

There is no cure for arthritis but there are a number of treatments that can help slow down the condition’s progress.  For help or advice on dealing with arthritis visit the websites of Arthritis Research UK or Arthritis Care.

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