What is Arthritis? A Simple Explanation from Recliners Direct

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is becoming increasingly common and is a condition that causes inflammation of the joints. Most people with Arthritis will experience pain and increased difficultly in mobility. Around 10 million people in the UK suffer from the condition. The condition has differing forms of severity and can occur in people of all ages including children. Around 3/4 of the people who develop rheumatoid Arthritis are female, and an increasing number of younger people and children are experiencing the symptoms of the condition.
There are over 200 kinds of rheumatic diseases – the word rheumatic means aches and pains in joints, bones and muscles. Two of the most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis(RA).

Types of Arthritis

There are two main types of arthritis the first is Osteoarthritis which is by far the most common type, it affects around 80% of all sufferers in the UK and is most common in those who are over 50. Osteoarthritis may not always be ages related however, it can also occur as a result of injury or other bone-related condition.

When a joint develops osteoarthritis, some of the cartilage covering the ends of the bones gradually roughens and becomes thinner than it should be, and the bone underneath thickens. All the tissues within the joint become more active than normal – as if your body is trying to repair the damage.

The second main type of arthritis is Rheumatoid Arthritis, which affects around 7% of the population; it is also three times more prevalent in women as it is in men. Simply put, the immune systems attack the joints, and sometimes other body parts – for no know reason.

The attacks can take considerable time, and can cause inflammation and discomfort in the synovial membrane, the tendon sheaths (the tubes in which the tendons move) and the Bursae. The joint become swollen and inflamed and can lead to stiffness, pain and swelling. The other 13% of arthritis sufferers usually form the condition as a direct result of another problem such as Gout, Lupus, Cervical Spondylitis or Fibromyalgia.

Symptoms of arthritis

Diagnosis is the key for all arthritis sufferers and there are many symptoms which could point to the condition. We suggest you contact your GP if you are suffering from any of the following symptoms. Joint pain, tenderness and stiffness, Inflammation in and around the joints, Restricted movement of the joints, red skin over the affected joint, Weakness and muscle wasting. Your GP will likely put you into contact with a rheumatologist or orthopedic surgeon, as both these specialists will be able to help manage the condition.

Treating arthritis

Sadly there is no known cure for arthritis; however there are many treatments that can help to slow down the condition.

Many people who suffer from arthritis are usually prescribed a combination of drugs. Some are taken for pain relief, others may limit swelling. The current philosophy is not to control just the symptoms but to control the diseases activity so that permanent damage is limited as much as possible. Your Doctor will make careful informed drug selection decisions, and continued use is recommended, even the symptoms ease.

Some of the likely drugs prescribed may include, Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s), Painkillers (analgesics), Cox-2 inhibitors, steroids and Disease modifying Anti-rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs). Make sure you understand the drugs prescribed, how they help the condition, and how long they take to work.

In more severe cases then strong steroids may be administered and in the very worst cases surgery may be an option, these surgeries could include arthroplasty (joint replacement), arthrodesis (joint fusion) or osteotomy (where a bone is cut and re-aligned).

How we can help

At Recliners Direct we pride ourselves on offering the best possible solutions for arthritis sufferers. We believe that our chairs offer superb pain relief and that they can help to alleviate any pains you may have. The products we supply will help take the pressure of your joints when rising to your feet. Patented massage systems with integrated heat pads are available as optional extras in our riser recliners. The massage systems can help to reduce swelling in and around the joints.

The riser-recliners that we sell are fitted with the latest technology and offer both comfort and support for the user, and are a helpful living aid. They can help take pressure of the joints and can be positioned to prevent bending or twisting.