The CDC estimates that up to 25% of the population in the US is affected by some form of arthritis. Arthritis is a disease that causes chronic joint inflammation. The most frequently diagnosed forms of the condition are osteoarthritis, which is related to the natural aging process, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks the joint linings.
The wrists and hands are among the most common parts of the body where arthritis due to the amount of wear and tear we put on these upper extremities. Another upper extremity that can develop arthritis is the elbow, especially among people who work physical jobs or play sports that involve swinging a club, bat, or racquet.
Although osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are not curable, there are effective therapies that can relieve symptoms and improve function. The BEST Health System team is dedicated to helping patients learn more about the causes of chronic pain and available treatments. For more information or answers to questions about the following guide, you can get in touch with one of our representatives at any time.