- By Ralph Richard
- Published 12/22/2010
- Article Writing
Arthritis is one of the top causes of major disabilities in the world. Many questions are asked regarding arthritis because people who are not affected by this disease wonder why it’s a leading cause. Let us discover great facts about Arthritis by this article presented by AllForOne Home Health.What is arthritis? It came from “Arthro” which means bones, and the suffix -itis which means inflammation. Arthritis is a medical condition characterized by inflammation of the joints, which results in pain and difficulty moving.There are about 40 million people in the United States are affected by Arthritis. It is predicted that the number will most probably reach 59 million by the year 2020. According to gender, females who suffer from arthritis have a greater number than in males. This disease is commonly seen in older individuals but of course, may also occur in younger people. It is the leading cause of disability among adults age 65 and older. Older adults who suffer from arthritis needs to be given proper care and best if done at home. AllForOne Home Health Care offers quality healthcare services brought to you at home.There are about hundreds of types of Arthritis. Every type differs from another in terms of symptoms, kind of pain, location of pain, pattern of onset, causes, severity, cure, and process of the disease.Here are some of the most common types of Arthiritis:Osteoarthritis – This is the most common form of arthritis. It is also know as the degenerative joint disease because it is characterized by the degeneration of the cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint and also the bony overgrowth. The damages to the bones, tissues and cartilages are the cause of pain and stiffness.
Rheumatoid Arthritis – This form of Arthritis is
defined as a systemic inflammatory disease because it affects several joints in the body. The inflammation occurs in the lining of the joints which we call the synovial membrane. It also affects the other organs. The common symptoms are pain, swelling, and redness of the joints.Gout – This type is of rheumatic disease is characterized as the formation and accumulation of uric acid crystals in the tissues and fluids in our body. The reason for its accumulation is the metabolic disorder wherein there is decreased excretion of uric acid, as well the over-production of it.The four stages of Gout are:1. Asymptomatic tissue deposition – On this stage, people affected do not feel any symptoms yet of the disease but the crystals on joints are slowly creating damage2. Acute flares – Stage when the crystal deposition causes severe inflammation3. Intercritical segments – On this stage, acute flares has already subsided but hyperuricemia is still present. This is like the transition to another acute flare.4. Chronic gout – This stage is characterized by chronic arthritis. Meaning, the disease is in its full blow. Symptoms like soreness and aching of joints are felt.Arthritis is a broad subject to ponder on. There are many types, explanations, and theories. But now that you have some basic knowledge, it is best to start protecting ourselves and our loved ones especially older adults from Arthritis. People who suffer from arthritis need special care but it is always best to care for them at their own homes.The founder of the prestigious institution which focuses on health and one’s ability to live at home safe and healthy, Andy Schott, leads a team of healthcare professionals who makes one’s own home an alternative to hospital or nursing home stays.Home health care is a type of work that renders utmost care and compassion to your client while being compensated well.
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