Arthritis is a debilitating condition affecting an estimated 52.5 million people in the United States. There are different kinds of arthritis, but all kinds can have negative effects on your joints. Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear of your joints and can cause significant pain and difficulty walking. Many conditions can cause or worsen arthritis including trauma, deformities, and autoimmune disorders. Arthritis can cause different issues with the body including bone spurs, eroded cartilage, and limitation of motion. All this adds up to pain in the joints which can come and go. So what can you do for this pain? Taking anti-inflammatory medication and icing can help calm down intermittent flare ups of arthritis. If the flare ups are intense then steroid injections or steroid medication can be prescribed to reduce the inflammation. Depending on where your arthritis is, certain orthotics or braces can be very helpful in stabilizing the joints and reducing stress on the joints. If the arthritis is severe then surgeries can be performed to alleviate the painful joints. Other good treatment options can be physical therapy, weight loss, and diet!
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