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Arthritis is a painful condition of the joints that affects millions of men and women worldwide. The word "arthritis" comes from the Greek words ‘arthro’ (joint) and ‘itis’ ( inflammation).
A misconception about arthritis is that only the aged are affected by this disease. The truth is that almost anyone can become a victim. Allthough younger people can suffer from arthritis, the majority of arthritis sufferers are elderly. Arthritis also affects more woman than men. In addition, people who are overweight are at in increased risk for developing arthritis because extra body weight puts more pressure on the muscles, tendons and the bones in the joints. With increased medical and scientific research on arthritis, we have a much better understanding of the condition than we did years ago.
Another common misconception about arthritis is that ‘it is a single disease’. Arthritis is actually a combination of many health issues which all impact the musculoskeletal system. Affected areas include muscles, tendons, cartilage, bones and most commonly, joints.
Arthritis starts as swelling in the affected joints of the knees, elbows, hands and other parts of the body. The resulting pain can become acute and severely affect your movements.
When suffering from arthritis, it is advisable to seek immediate medical help. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the elderly.