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eWellness: Every arthritis is not same
Dr KK Aggarwal,  28 February 2021
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While osteoarthritis may need only painkillers and rehabilitation exercises, rheumatoid arthritis, if not treated early and aggressively, can end up with serious deforming complications.

Arthritis in young women of child-bearing age should not be ignored, particularly if it is worse in the morning and tends to improve with movement. Most of these patients have high platelet count and need aggressive treatment with disease-modifying agents within days of symptom onset and diagnosis. About 1-2% of the people may develop this condition.

Osteoarthritis is seen in those aged above 50 and occurs as a result of wear and tear of different joints in the body and break down of the cartilage cushion in the joints. It primarily affects the weight-bearing joints such as knees, hips, neck and lower back. Inflammation is not a key feature of osteoarthritis.

Gout is another type of joint disorder. It does not occur in children and in those below 40 years of age. It rarely develops in young women prior to the onset of menopause unless they have underlying kidney disease.

The progression of osteoarthritis can be checked with appropriate exercises, weight reduction and preventing posture and movement known to aggravate the condition.

Wear and tear of osteoarthritis occurs as a result of sitting cross-legged, doing Padmasana, squatting, sitting on low level surface, doing push ups, going up and down on stairs, etc.

Yoga should always be done under medical supervision and should be followed by a counter yoga exercise.
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