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The term “arthritis” covers about 100 different joint inflammation diseases which affect children, adults and seniors of every race. There are three types of arthritis that are most common: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile arthritis. Osteoarthritis comes on when cartilage breaks down, causing pain and stiffness. Rheumatoid arthritis involves the body’s immune system and how it reacts with the thin membrane that lines the joints.

Juvenile arthritis refers to a host of inflammatory and autoimmune problems that affect children under 16. The onset and severity of arthritis often determine treatment programs. Medications or supplements have been shown to improve arthritis symptoms in many. In some instances, light to moderate exercise or resistance training is recommended. Arthritis brought on by injury can sometimes be eased with physical therapy.

There are times when more medical intervention is needed. Joint replacements can provide relief for many patients. Other surgical options like cartilage and bone repair, bone fusion and arthroscopy are also surgical options. Tenet Florida Physicians Services believe that each arthritis patient’s treatment should be tailored to their individual needs and abilities. An action plan that addresses everything from diet and exercise to environmental factors, medication, or surgery will help you live more comfortably with your condition.

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