Arthritis affects four (4) million Canadians is some form or another. Arthritis means inflammation of a joint. The signs of inflammation are: pain, redness, swelling and heat. One or all of these signs may be present. Two of the most common conditions are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The Arthritis Society of Canada suggests that 1 in 10 Canadians are affected by osteoarthritis, and 1 in 100 people are affected by rheumatoid arthritis.
1. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that typically affects the major weight-bearing joints: the hips, knees and spine, as well as the feet and hands. It is the degeneration and loss of cartilage that will produce the symptoms of pain, stiffness and limitation of movement in the affected joint.
2. Rheumatoid arthritis is what is known as an autoimmune disease. Essentially, your immune system retaliates against a part of your body and results in inflammation. This shows up as redness, swelling, heat and pain around the affected joint. The most common areas typically include the hands and feet, although it can also affect the elbows, shoulders, neck, jaw, ankles, knees, and hips.
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