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Arthritis Early Warning Signs
When we think of arthritis we often think of elderly people with disfigured fingers and sore joints that cause mobility problems. While that is certainly true, in fact it is the primary cause of disability among those over 55 years of age, children as young as 12 may suffer from some type of arthritis. Since several forms of arthritis are from wear and tear and degeneration, it makes sense that most sufferers are older.
But there are more than 100 different medical conditions that are classified as arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and juvenile arthritis. They run the gamut from joint degeneration to autoimmune diseases. Degenerative forms of arthritis occur due to injury, misuse or overuse of certain joints, while autoimmune forms attack the body’s tissue rather than the bacteria causing the illness. You’re probably wondering how on earth you could be aware of early warning signs of arthritis when there are so many variations. That’s a good question but you only need to look at the root of the word ‘arthritis’ to understand.
Arthritis has its origins in the Greek language, where arthro means joint and itis means inflammation. So combined you can see that you will almost certainly experience some pain or discomfort in your joints.
The main reason arthritis seems like such an ongoing lifelong problem is because we fail to recognize the symptoms early. But according to the Arthritis Foundation, “you want to find out early so you can take steps to protect your joints from ongoing pain and permanent damage.”
Early Warning Signs
Now that you understand the early warning signs of arthritis you’re probably wondering, like many of my clients do, if there’s anything you can do to reverse these symptoms.
The answer is simply “yes,” you can receive an arthritis diagnosis and go on to live a normal, pain-free life. While we do not know the exact cause of many types of arthritis, we do know that it doesn’t have to be a permanent affliction.
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