Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Over 54 million adults in the US have been diagnosed with a form of arthritis. World Arthritis Day takes place on October 12th. This month, learn more about this type of disease.

Since the condition is common among seniors, it is important to understand the symptoms and effects of arthritis when caring for them.

Basic Facts about Arthritis

A word used to describe joint pain and joint disease, arthritis comes in many forms. Some of the most common types of arthritis include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Seniors often develop osteoarthritis.

What Is Osteoarthritis?

This form of arthritis occurs when the cartilage breaks down. Cartilage is the tissue that covers the ends of bones at joints. Cartilage is found largely in joints like the knees, hips, and shoulders. When the cartilage breaks down, the bones can rub against each other, wearing away at the bones, reducing mobility, and causing both stiffness and pain.

Who does Osteoarthritis Affect?

Typically, osteoarthritis occurs in older adults. It tends to occur as a part of aging since the cartilage is worn down over time and with extensive use.

How to Prevent Osteoarthritis

Although osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear, it is preventable to a point. Adults should take care to stretch and to use their joints safely by bending to lift properly. This may reduce or delay osteoarthritis if a person is prone to the condition.

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