‘A quiet epidemic’: Why so many people’s experience arthritis pain

'A quiet epidemic’: Why so many people’s experience arthritis pain

Lucknow 11th, October: Arthritis affects 15% of people i.e. over 180 million people in India. The word arthritis actually means joint inflammation; in public health, arthritis is used as a shorthand term for osteoarthritis and other rheumatic conditions. The most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis, gout, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis. Symptoms of arthritis in affected joints are pain, swelling, stiffness, decreased range of movements.

Dr. Sandeep Gupta, Orthopaedic surgeon Apollomedics said “Maintaining a healthy weight reduces the risk of developing osteoarthritis. Improve your wellbeing by keeping high on emotional wellbeing, self-management and motivation and by making healthy lifestyle choices such as don’t smoke, reduce alcohol intake, avoid stress as stress can alter behaviour, affect sleep patterns, change appetite and increase muscle tension, therefore, use relaxation techniques to help manage stress, get enough quality sleep to protect your mental and physical wellbeing and quality of life.

A healthy and balanced diet is important for people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). Being physically active is good for general health and can have specific benefits for people with RMD/Arthritis. Consult your doctor or physiotherapist about the type of exercise most appropriate for your condition. Exercise may be in the form of cycling, dancing, walking, gardening, swimming, yoga etc. “Our prime objective is patient safety and quality of care at all levels. The guiding philosophy is to serve and enrich the Quality of Life of patients and to make life win, he added.

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