What is Rheumatoid Arthritis and how to care for it

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis and how to care for it?

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease. It presents itself as swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. Sometimes the symptoms occur gradually and sometimes they are abrupt where a person is fine a week ago and then within a week they struggle with their daily activities. They experience stiffness, pain in their joints, fatigue, and sleep disturbance. All these symptoms can be the beginning of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

If you are experiencing such symptoms, consult with your doctor.

What causes Rheumatoid Arthritis?

The factors responsible for Rheumatoid Arthritis are unknown. Researchers argue that it is influenced by a combination of genetics and environmental factors. There are risk factors that can’t be changed like:

Age: If you are between the age of 40 and 60 the chances of Rheumatoid Arthritis increases.

Family history: If a close relative in your family has Rheumatoid Arthritis, such as a parent of a sibling, increases the risk of the condition.

Gender: Studies have shown that women are more likely to develop Rheumatoid Arthritis than men.

If you have Rheumatoid Arthritis what you can do to ease the pain?

Exercise: With eating healthy, it is important to exercise daily. It can mean movement or simple exercise such as stretching.  When you are moving, you are making your joints and muscles around the joints stronger. It is important that the exercises you do, you do them safely and with the consultation of your doctor.

Have a healthy diet. What we eat defines our health. So, eat lots of vegetables and fruits with colors and grains. They provide all the nutrients that keep the body healthy. Avoid processed foods and colas.

Maintain a healthy weight: It is extremely important to keep your weight under check. Because, if you have stiffness, pain, and swelling in the knees, ankles, or hips and you add that extra weight, it will be harder for you to move. 

What’s the treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Doctors prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs to help you with inflammation and pain. If the medication fails to work, the doctor may advise surgery and physiotherapy to strengthen the muscles and increase joint mobility.

It is a common disorder, and more than 1 million people are diagnosed with it every year in India. Rheumatoid Arthritis requires a medical diagnosis so if you experience stiffness, swelling, tenderness, or weakness in your joints consult an Orthopaedic doctor.

Here at Bansal Global Hospital, we have specialized Orthopaedic doctors to help and provide you with the best treatment for your medical concerns. Consult our team of health care experts at the Bansal Global Hospital. Fix your appointment today and contact us at +919911062832

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