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1. What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a condition affecting bones and joints characterised by pain, inflammation and stiffness. Symptoms may worsen with age.
2. What are the causes of arthritis?
Several factors that may lead to arthritis include smoking, occupations with excessive physical work, metabolic changes leading to gout, genetic changes leading to osteoarthritis, wounds and infections of the bones, improper immune functioning such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus.
3. Does arthritis worsen with age?
Osteoarthritis worsens with age as the soft cushioning surface between the bones is lost. It is the most common type of arthritis causing swelling, pain and stiffness of the bones and joints. The severity of these symptoms increases with age and the person may lose strength to perform regular chores.
4. What are the early signs of arthritis?
Signs and symptoms of arthritis during the its early stages vary based on the type of arthritis. However, pain, swelling, redness and stiffness of the joint are the common symptoms. One may also find difficulty in joint movements and reduced range of motion.
5. How can one prevent arthritis?
A person cannot prevent this condition, but the following may help reduce the risk: wear protective gears while playing sports to avoid injuries get involved in 30 minutes of physical exercise a day, maintain normal blood sugar levels, maintain your weight in the normal range and use healthy and strong joints while lifting or carrying weight.