A common misconception is that arthritis only develops in the later years of a person’s life, but this is untrue. Although most commonly found in older adults, this condition is also prevalent in individuals of a much younger age.
Arthritis comes in many forms, the two main types being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The former initially affects the smooth cartilage lining of the joints, making movement difficult and leading to pain, stiffness, and fatigue. This type of arthritis is most commonly found in those in their mid-40s or above – with women being more susceptible than men – but can occur at any age due to injury or other joint-related conditions.
The latter, rheumatoid arthritis, occurs when the body’s immune system targets the joints, leading to pain, swelling, and difficulty moving.
It often starts between the ages of 40 and 50, with women again more likely to be affected than men.
Arthritis can be linked to a range of causes including, overused joints, obesity, autoimmune disorders, and genetics, so it is hard to predict when and in whom it will develop. When it does, the pain from arthritis can come on gradually (sometimes suddenly), and many individuals learn to simply live with the pain. But leaving your arthritis untreated can result in severe and lifelong joint damage, so it is in your best interest to begin a treatment plan with a trusted healthcare provider as soon as possible. Contact us today by calling our office at 727-361-2162 or by booking an appointment online to find out how the team at TruWell Health can do this and help you get your life back.