Arthritis is an inflammation of one or more joints in the body. This condition causes stiffness and pain in the joints and gets worse with age.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is an inflammation of one or more joints in the body. This condition causes stiffness and pain in the joints and gets worse with age. There are two main types: rheumatoid and osteoarthritis and they damage joints in different ways. With rheumatoid arthritis, your body’s immune system attacks the synovial membrane, which is a tough membrane lining all of the joint parts. This results in swelling and inflammation. As time passes, the disease process destroys the cartilage and bone within a joint. Osteoarthritis is more common, and involves the gradual wear-and-tear damage to a joint’s cartilage. With enough damage, bone will grind directly on bone, causing pain and restricting your movement. Infections or joint injuries can speed up the damage process.
Arthritis and obesity
One of the biggest risk factors for arthritis is obesity. Carrying excess pounds can put stress on the joints, particularly in the spine, hips and knees. The more weight that is put on a joint, the more stressed it becomes, and the more likely it will be worn down and damaged. Once a person has arthritis, any excess weight causes even more issues to joints that are already damaged. And it is just extra weight on the joints that causes this damage. Fat is an active tissue that creates and releases chemicals, many of which stimulate inflammation. For these reasons, it is important to keep excess fat in check, especially if you already have osteoarthritis.
Weight loss advice and solutions in Kitsap County, Washington
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