This is one such condition that impacts not only the individual’s health but also the collective healthcare system of the nation. Take the case of the United States; a good 54.4 million adults were diagnosed with musculoskeletal conditions, osteoporosis, and Rheumatoid arthritis topping the charts.
In the United Kingdom, these statistics are 15% of its total population that is suffering from this horrid bone depreciating disease and is the cause of the significant burden on the system. It is accounting for almost 41% of all work-related ill-health. The best remedy is prevention and early diagnosis, to lessen the impact later on and also to slow down the progress.
Timely Action For Arthritis Symptoms
The general perception of the public is that arthritis is inevitable. This is true especially if others in the family have it. Because of this, early symptoms are generally ignored and pushed aside as the result of simply ‘growing old’. This inaction causes a further progression of arthritis and it is causing further damage to the bone and the muscles supporting it.
The early symptoms may not be grave in itself, but it is the subsequent worsening of the condition that puts patients in a state of constant chronic pain. The reduction in the muscle and bone mass can happen even without the patient even knowing that the changes are happening within them. The general vitality and energy to carry out daily activity is reduced and can lead to you being unproductive. Irreversible damage to the underlying bone and muscle can put your life on hold.
What To Look Out For?
There are several symptoms that you need to focus on. Some of these include the likes of:
- Fatigue and tiredness – even if you haven’t done anything substantial
- Reduced mobility and stiffness of the joints, with pain
- Numbness and stinging sensation in the extremities
- General weakness and reduced strength
- Insomnia and difficulty in catching sleep
- Minor joint swelling and flare-ups occasionally
- A low fever
- Itchy eyes and a dry mouth.
If you find yourself checking off many of the above symptoms, then it is advised that you visit a doctor immediately. The doctor will be able to tell you if you are at risk of contracting the ailment. Bone and joint health are important in our lives, and which is why it is of paramount need that you get yourself treated to slow down and reduce future health issues. Taking action early is the key to slowing down the progress of arthritis – The earlier, the better!