Arthritis is an umbrella name for a group of conditions affecting the joints in the body. These conditions cause damage to the joints, usually resulting in pain, stiffness and discomfort. Arthritis can affect many different parts of the joint and nearly every joint in the body.
The most common type of arthritis in Australia is osteoarthritis (OA). Osteoarthritis effects about 1 in 5 Australians. OA is a condition that affects the whole joint including, bone, cartilage, ligaments and muscles, it is thought to be the result of a joint working extra hard to repair itself.
One common misconception is that osteoarthritis only occurs in the elderly, however in Australia 1 in 5 people have the condition. Osteoarthritis affects all ages, and in Australia it is the leading cause of chronic pain, and the second most common cause of disability and early retirement.
Symptoms of OA can vary person to person and ultimately will depend on which joints are affected. The most common types of pain caused by OA are pain and stiffness and the most common places OA is diagnosed are the knees, hips and hands. Osteoarthritis is diagnosed by a doctor by examining symptoms and a physical examination. Some Doctors may request an x-ray or a blood test depending on how severe your symptoms are. These symptoms can worsen with activity and time. Research shows that being overweight, having family history suffering osteoarthritis or having previous injuries give you more risk at developing the condition.
Whilst there is currently no cure, there are a number of ways to manage the symptoms and minimise the pain. Common medicines used long-term to treat OA can result in harmful side effects, these medicines include paracetamol or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
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Arthritis Australia 2017
Health Direct Australian Government