More than 10 million people in the UK are affected by some form of arthritis and, contrary to popular belief; it can affect people of all ages.
This is the most common form of arthritis and affects around 8 million people in the UK alone. It affects he hands, spine, knees and hips and occurs when cartilage lining in the joints becomes worn down.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis include joint pain; stiffness and/or tenderness in your joints; deformed joints or warm red skin over your joints; and weakness or muscle wasting.
For information or help with symptoms from osteoarthritis, visit the NHS web page on the matter.
Rheumatoid arthritis is the other popular form and is most common in women, who are three times more likely to suffer from the condition than men. It attacks the immune system and most commonly affects our fingers, toes, wrists, elbows, shoulder, and knees.
You can help reduce symptoms with exercise, but it is always best to speak to your GP first. People who suffer from this problem will search for multiple ways to help reduce their pain on a daily basis, which can come in many forms, either through a rigorous regime set out by their doctor or they can go a more natural route. The latter seems to be more popular nowadays with many moving away from traditional ways of treatment, instead, they are using such things as herbal supplements and medical marijuana (if allowed) with companies like Amuse helping out in this situation. It all comes down to what the patient needs and how they are coping, medications/treatments can then be tailored to their needs.
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