How to Know When You Have Arthritis

How to Know When You Have Arthritis

Arthritis can be a tricky thing. Especially when you don’t know you’ve got it…  Determining arthritis can be tough seeing that there are over 100 different forms of diseases and conditions that form part of this category.  The main thing that makes them all fall under the arthritis umbrella is that they cause pain in…

Arthritis of the Hand

Arthritis of the Hand

The hand and wrist have multiple small joints that work together to produce motion, including the fine motion needed to thread a needle or tie a shoelace. When the joints are affected by arthritis, activities of daily living can be difficult. Arthritis can occur in many areas of the hand and wrist and can have…

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. While it can occur even in young people, the chance of developing osteoarthritis rises after age 45, with the knee being one of the most commonly affected areas. Women are more likely to have osteoarthritis than men. What Causes Knee Osteoarthritis? The most common cause of osteoarthritis…

Foods to Avoid if You Have Arthritis

Common forms of arthritis include osteoarthritis, caused by wear and tear on the joints; rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks its own joints; and gout, caused by a buildup of uric acid in the body. Regardless of the type of arthritis you have, cutting back or eliminating foods that can aggravate…

cold weather and arthritis

Does cold weather make arthritis worse?

There’s a lot to love about winter; breathing crisp air, sipping hot chocolates and rugging up in thick coats and scarves. But stiff and sore joints can be a distinct down side to the cooler months; and there are plenty of people with arthritis who believe cold weather makes their condition worse. In fact, many…

How to cope with Osteoarthritis of the Hands

Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that is caused by breakdown of cartilage, with eventual loss of the cartilage of the joints. Cartilage is a protein substance that serves as a “cushion” between the bones of the joints. When the cartilage deteriorates (degenerates), the bone next to it becomes inflamed and can be stimulated to…