Arthritis is a problem for every household. In olden time, it was a concern for the old. But now, with increasing desk jobs and ruling obesity, arthritis has started affecting the younger population also. However, the prevalence of it does not make it any less difficult. And that is exactly why we need to be aware of the hurdles that it poses and know how to manage arthritis.
But before we go to the awareness part, let’s take a peek at the statistics.
- India will emerge as the capital of Osteoarthritis by 2025 with more than 60 million to be likely affected.
- Reportedly, one-third of the Indian population is affected by Arthritis.
- In women, arthritis affects 70% of them as they cross the age of 70 years.Arthritis is a chronic disease. It gets worse over time. At the same time, there is no treatment that can undo the damages of arthritis. But, with diet, exercise and medicine, the pace of damage can be paused or slowed down.And this is what brings us to this year’s World Arthritis Day motive…
Don’t Delay, Connect Today
Pain & swelling in joints, stiffness are the initial symptoms of arthritis. And very easily, most people ignore these conditions thinking that it’s only tiredness or muscle soreness after a heavy exercise. But that’s where it goes wrong.
When To Seek Medical Attention For Arthritis
You must seek medical attention if you feel any abnormality in the functioning of your bones or joint.
- If You See The Symptoms
If you see pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints – whether the joint is your knee or the finger joint, you must not ignore the symptoms.
- If Your Parent Has Arthritis
This applies especially to women – women are prone to get genetic arthritis, called rheumatoid arthritis, where your own body cells start attacking other bone cells causing them to weaken over time. If any member of your family has arthritis, you may want to go for your first checkup around 30 years of age.
- If Your Work Is Heavy-duty
If you work in construction or mining or other similar jobs which demand a higher extent of physical labour, you run the risk of overworking your joints. This makes them wear and tear more quickly. The same applies for sportspersons as well. In such a scenario, it’s wise to keep a track of the health of your bones – visit an expert regularly.
- If You Had A Injury Or Surgery
Did you fall from a tree when you were a child? If the injury was small, you may have recovered in a week or so. But, even though you might not have needed medical attention back then, that incident may have a long-lasting effect. In the injured area, the bones may degenerate faster. Even with a surgery, the same risk holds. So, keep a tap on the areas where there was a prior injury or surgery.
Arthritis is a major cause of disability in India and beyond. But it does not have to be so. While we cannot always prevent arthritis, we can always take caution to delay it’s onset or slow down the progress of degeneration. And that is possible only when you consult an orthopaedician.
Visit an orthopaedician; don’t delay, connect today!
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