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A quick introduction to arthritis

Arthritis is a common part of the ageing process, and many people develop arthritic changes without ever being aware of them.

There are several types of arthritis, the most common being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is often called “wear and tear”, which is a little misleading. While it can certainly associated with some vigorous or repetitive activities, it’s actually quite a complex process.

Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is a result of the body’s immune system attacking the the tissues in and around joints, causing swelling and pain. It is also associated with fatigue and other symptoms.

If you have have been diagnosed with RA, or you suspect you may have it, your GP will ensure you are seen by an expert such as a rheumatologist.

Some people with RA find that changing their diet can help to reduce their symptoms, typically by reducing saturated fats and increasing omega-3 oils.

Maintaining a healthy weight will also ensure that there is less strain on weight-bearing joints such as ankles, knees, hips and the low back.