Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in the joints. It can be treated with rest, medication, physical therapy, and surgery.
The prognosis for arthritis depends on the type and severity of the condition. In general, arthritis is a chronic condition that can lead to pain, stiffness, inflammation, cartilage damage, bone damage, and uric acid build-up. If left untreated, arthritis can lead to disability and decreased quality of life. However, with proper treatment, many people with arthritis are able to live normal, active lives.
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Rheumatoid arthritis affects as many as 1.3 million American adults. This chronic, progressive disease is twice as common in women as it is in men.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of hip arthritis. It is a slow deterioration of the cartilage that covers your hip’s ball and socket bone. Pain is generally focused in the hip, groin, back or thigh areas. As this condition worsens, a variety of everyday physical activities can become very difficult.
Arthritis can cause a variety of symptoms depending on the type and severity of the condition. Some common symptoms include pain, stiffness, difficulty moving, tingling, numbness, popping sensations, and joints feeling like they are locking up. Treatment for arthritis depends on the severity of the condition, but may include rest, medication (such as aspirin or ibuprofen), heating pads, physical therapy, and surgery.