Treatment options may include:
- changes in routine
- dry heat or moist heat
- occupational therapy
- physical therapy
- relaxation techniques
- weight management
- Limited range of motion
DIAGNOSIS / TESTS
Diagnostic tests include:
- Physical exam
- Imaging tests (X-rays, Ultrasound, MRI)
- Blood tests
- Joint aspiration (using a needle and syringe obtain a sample of fluid from the affected joint for testing)
Common forms of arthritis include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Juvenile arthritis
Causes & contributing factors may include:
- abnormal metabolism
- inherited condition
- immune system dysfunction
- mental health issues
- physically demanding employment
- 23% of all adults in the US (54+ million people) have arthritis.
- Arthritis is a degenerative (progressive and irreversible) joint disease.
- In the U.S., osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis.
- 60% of people with arthritis are female.
- Gout occurs in males more than females.