Is arthritis an illness or injury?
Arthritis is a disease that affects your joints (areas where your bones meet and move). Arthritis usually involves inflammation or degeneration (breakdown) of your joints. These changes can cause pain when you use the joint.
What type of arthritis is caused by injury?
Post-traumatic arthritis is a subtype of osteoarthritis (OA), a progressive, degenerative joint disease due to wear and tear on the joint. Any kind of joint injury or trauma can eventually cause post-traumatic arthritis, but dislocations and fractures are the most common.
How long after an injury does arthritis set in?
PTOA may occur early, in less than a year or remain asymptomatic for a long period of time, even 10–20 years after the trauma.
What is arthritis classed as?
Actually, “arthritis” is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. People of all ages, sexes and races can and do have arthritis, and it is the leading cause of disability in America.
How does arthritis start?
Arthritis develops when the shock-absorbing cartilage that normally cushions your bone is not able to function normally. This can be due to a wearing down of the cartilage over the years or inflammation in the joint. With its normal cushion impaired, the joint can swell or become hard to move.
Is arthritis a disability?
Many people may wonder is arthritis a disability. Yes. Arthritis can prompt incapacity, as can numerous other mental and physical conditions. If your arthritis confines your daily movements, or activities you may qualify for disability benefits.
What foods increase arthritis pain?
Processed foods, salt, red meat, alcohol, and other foods may exacerbate arthritis’ joint pain and inflammation. Stick to low-calorie whole foods with lots of vitamins and fiber, like leafy greens and beans.
Can a hand injury trigger arthritis?
Injuries such as broken bones in the hands or ligament, or tendon damage in the hand or wrist can also cause arthritis. Though the injury heals, these areas may have become weakened and more susceptible to arthritis in the future.
Does arthritis hurt all the time?
Many people who have arthritis or a related disease may be living with chronic pain. Pain is chronic when it lasts three to six months or longer, but arthritis pain can last a lifetime. It may be constant, or it may come and go.
How do you prevent arthritis after injury?
By taking proper rest, icing the area, providing compression like splint or cast and keeping the area elevated, you can greatly reduce the possibility of developing arthritis after an injury.