Warning Signs & Symptoms
If a patient begins to feel pain and stiffness anywhere in their body or to have trouble moving around, it could be arthritis. Most kinds of arthritis cause pain and swelling in the joints. Over time, a swollen joint can become severely damaged. Some kinds of arthritis can also cause problems in the organs, like the eyes or skin. Osteoarthritis is related to aging or injury. Rheumatoid arthritis can occur when the immune system, which is supposed to protect the body from infection, attacks its own tissues.
Patients can treat some cases of arthritis with joint arthroscopy.
There are ways to help prevent arthritis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend:
- Maintaining ideal weight
- Taking precautions to reduce repetitive joint use and injury on the job
- Avoiding sports injuries by performing warm-ups prior to an activity and strengthening muscles with regular exercises using weights
- Choosing appropriate sports equipment
Every patient’s rehabilitation program will be different, but the purpose is to help maintain and improve the strength and flexibility of the joint, recover from joint surgery and maintain a range of motion. Patients can expect to follow any combination of rest, stretching, strength training, pool therapy, exercise and joint stabilization.