What is arthritis?

While “arthritis” is usually referred to as a single disease, it’s actually an umbrella term for over 100 medical conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, specifically joints where two or more bones meet. There is sadly no cure yet, but there are steps that can be taken to alleviate the effects of arthritis in your life.

What are the symptoms and effects of arthritis?

Problems and symptoms related to arthritis include stiffness, pain, inflammation and damage to joint cartilage and surrounding structures in the body. This potentially results in joint instability, weakness and deformities that can interfere with daily tasks, such as doing housework and running errands. People with arthritis are more likely to experience anxiety, mood disorders, poor mental health and difficulty sleeping compared to those who do not have arthritis.

How common is arthritis?

Arthritis is a fairly common medical condition that keeps growing. Over 1 in 5 Canadians (6 million people) have arthritis, and it more commonly occurs in women. It is estimated that 23.8% of the population will have arthritis, or 1 in 4, by the year 2035.

Who is most susceptible to arthritis?

Arthritis affects people of all ages (as many as 24,000 children have arthritis), but likelihood increases with age. Nearly 1 in 2 seniors over the age of 65 have arthritis and account for 44% of those affected. If arthritis runs in your family, you may also be more likely to develop arthritis in your lifetime.

When should you see a health practitioner?

Seeking physiotherapy is recommended for any uncomfortable joint pain you may be experiencing. Physiotherapeutic and chiropractic treatment can be done to help arthritis by improving the muscle surrounding inflamed joints to decrease pain levels. Physiotherapy for arthritis is essential to still be able to comfortably carry on daily activities while affected by the condition. The sooner you get help, the sooner you’ll get back to feeling normal again. At Body Dynamics, we also offer CUSTOM ORTHOPAEDIC SHOES that can help alleviate daily arthritis symptoms.

More quick facts on arthritis:

  • If left untreated, arthritis can cause permanent joint damage and/or changes to your body
  • A large proportion of people with arthritis are obese or overweight and are physically inactive, which adds undue stress to their joints
  • Certain types of arthritis can affect the eyes, lungs, kidneys, heart, and even the skin.
  • A large amount of people with arthritis also have other serious diseases like diabetes or heart disease.