So your joints ache. Now what?
If you have joint pain, you may have a joint condition—like osteoarthritis—that can be treated. It's important to find out so you can prevent further damage.
How joints work.
A joint is the space between two bones. For joint movement to be smooth and flexible, you need a layer of shock-absorption comprised of cartilage and synovial fluid.
As some people age, their cartilage layer can become thin and frayed over time. When this occurs, joints may start to feel stiff, and movement may become difficult and uncomfortable. At first, the cartilage becomes rough, but it can deteriorate to the point where the bones begin to rub against each other. The bones may even begin to form lumps. All of these stages can cause pain.
So what is arthritis anyway?
That’s a tough one. "Arthritis" can cause pain, swelling, and limited movement in joints and connective tissue. Approximately 4.6 million adults (over the age of 15) in Canada have arthritis1. Arthritis is not a single disease; there are many types. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis; TYLENOL® Arthritis Pain can provide fast and long-lasting relief of arthritis pain while being gentle on the stomach.
1. "4.6 million Canadians have arthritis." Arthritis in Canada Report, 2013.
The most common type of arthritis: Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis (OA) also known as degenerative joint disease or “wear-and-tear” arthritis, is the most common form of arthritis. OA occurs when joint cartilage and other connective tissue breaks down, causing pain and stiffness and hampering physical movement. It tends to affect commonly used joints such as the knees, hips, spine, and hands and is associated with risk factors such as age, obesity, trauma, overuse, and genetics. While the pain of OA can be effectively managed, there is no cure.
What are some common signs of osteoarthritis?
Arthritis is characterized by the following traits:
This is not a complete list of all possible symptoms. If you think you may be experiencing signs of arthritis, consult your doctor.
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