Arthritis-related problems include pain, stiffness, inflammation and damage to joint cartilage (the tissue that covers the ends of bones, enabling them to move against each another) and surrounding structures. Arthritis can result in muscle weakness, joint instability and physical deformities. These physical deficits can interfere with your most basic daily tasks such as walking and eating. Plus, it can limit your ability and drive a car, open jars, reach high shelves, put on your shoes etc.
The number of people suffering from arthritis is growing as our population lives longer. There is a belief that arthritis is simply a consequence of age. But it is not simply a natural part of ageing. In fact, there are millions of working age sufferers. Researchers have identified that certain families are susceptible to arthritis through genetic predisposition.
However, early diagnosis seems to be a key to better management of your arthritis. Research suggests that early intervention can delay the onset of the disease and may reduce the number of cases of osteoarthritis.