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Information on Arthritis - Osteoarthritis

Arthritis is inflammation in one or more joints in the body. The most common form is osteoarthritis, where the surface layer of cartilage breaks down and wears away, allowing bones under the cartilage to rub together. The result is pain, swelling, and loss of motion of the joint.

Over time, the joint may lose its normal shape and bone spurs may grow on the edges of the joint. Bits of bone or cartilage can break off and float inside the joint space. This causes more pain and damage.

Types of Arthritis

How Common Is It?
What Causes It?
Risk Factors
Arthritis Symptoms
How Is It Diagnosed?
Best Treatment Options
Can it Be Prevented?
What Should You Do Next?

Types of Arthritis

There are four major categories:

When people say they have "arthritis", it's usually osteoarthritis, commonly referred to as "wear and tear" arthritis.

How Common Is Osteoarthritis?

It is estimated that 40 million Americans have osteoarthritis. 70%-90% of people older than age 75 have osteoarthritis in at least one joint.

What Causes Arthritis?

It's not known exactly what causes osteoarthritis. However, there are many risk factors that are known to be involved in its development.

What Are the Risk Factors?

Symptoms


How Is Arthritis Diagnosed?

No single test can diagnose osteoarthritis. Most physicians use a combination of the following methods to diagnose the disease and rule out other conditions:


What Is the Best Treatment?

Conventional Treatment for Arthritis

Natural Treatment for Arthritis

 

Can Arthritis Be Prevented?

Osteoarthritis can best be prevented by maintaining an optimal body weight, eating a nutrient-rich diet, exercising moderately (avoiding overuse and injury), and limiting the modifiable risk factors listed above.


What Should You Do Next?

The doctors at The Connecticut Center for Health are very experienced in the treatment of arthritis. If you have (or suspect you have) arthritis symptoms and want to learn more about natural treatments for this condition, we recommend that you contact one of our clinics for a free consultation about arthritis for an appointment.

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