Saturday, November 1, 2014

UK Health Radio – Medical News Update - Gracie on Arthritis

UK Health Radio – Medical News Update

Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint. In the UK, around 10 million people have arthritis. It affects people of all ages, including children.

Most types of childhood arthritis are known as juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).JIA causes 1 or more joints to be in pain for at least six weeks.

The two most common types of arthritis are called osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the UK, affecting around 8 million people. It often develops in people who are over 50 years old.

In the UK, rheumatoid arthritis affects more than 400,000 people. It often starts when a person is between 40- 50 years old. Women are more likely to be affected than men.

The symptoms of arthritis include: joint pain, stiffness and inflammation in and around the joints, few movement in joints, warm red skin over the affected joint, weakness and muscle wasting.

Arthritis mainly effects older people, but it can also effect children as well. In the UK, about 15,000 children and young people are affected by arthritis. There's no cure for arthritis, but there are loads of treatments that can help slow down the condition.

Gracie Timms
UK Health Radio – Medical News Update
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