Arthritis is a disease that causes pain, swelling, and stiffness in the body’s joints – often occurring in more than one joint.
Because there are more than 100 different forms of arthritis, a proper diagnosis is necessary in order to develop a treatment plan.
Common Forms of Arthritis
Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, and using special devices to help you get around can have a big impact on your arthritis.
Treating arthritis really depends on what form of the disease you have. Medication will typically include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen.
Physical therapy is a common part of treatment in people with arthritis. When you’re in pain, the last thing you may want to do is exercise, but it’s actually one of the best things you can do for your joints. Aerobic, strength-training, and stretching exercises can all be helpful. Work with your doctor to learn what exercises are safe for you to do. Regular exercise can also help you maintain a healthy weight.
Corticosteroids also dampen the immune response and help reduce inflammation. Corticosteroids for arthritis are most often taken by mouth or injected directly into the joint, which offers speedy pain and inflammation relief, and their effects can last for a few weeks or months.