What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a medical term for a range of musculoskeletal (MSK)conditions. It translates literally as ‘inflammation of the joints’. Arthritis can affect anyone of any age or gender and can be passed on genetically, or developed through lifestyle choices. In reality there are many reasons why people develop arthritic conditions and, although there is no cure, drug treatments that slow down the degeneration are available. Surgery can be used to replace joints that are too badly damaged. With around 200 different types of arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, the symptoms are varied and can take some time to diagnose correctly. Symptoms include red, swollen, stiff and sore joints, especially if the pain is recurring and unrelated to any activity or injury. Chronic fatigue and increased tiredness can also be indications of arthritis.
Most types of arthritis are long-term conditions. There may be occasions where the symptoms disappear completely for a long period. Unfortunately, there will also be periods where the symptoms are more severe. These flare-ups can be caused by triggers factors such as an injury or a viral infection, but they can also occur for no apparent reason at all. The goal of people living with arthritis is to avoid flare-ups and to manage the problems they bring as much as possible. The aim of this charity is to help you do just that.