Arthritis is a condition in which inflammation occurs in a patient's joints. There are two kinds of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Two million Malaysians suffer from arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition affecting the whole body, primarily the joints. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition caused by changes in the fluids in a patient's joints and a general deterioration of joint structure.
Medicines for arthritis include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) to treat pain and redness, swelling, and heat (inflammation), and medicines to control clinical symptoms and to limit joint destruction and disability. The treatment provides relief of the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Taking regular exercise and controlling weight can relieve symptoms of arthritis. Practicing good posture also helps, as it reduces the stress on vulnerable joints, particularly the neck, back, hips and knees.
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