Arthritis is a condition that affects millions of people in the UK. The disorder occurs when there is an inflammation of the joints meaning sufferers usually complain of intense and frustrating pain in the affected areas.
Mobility is something that can be seriously affected by arthritis. Joint problems and other issues related to this condition can impact an active lifestyle.
As the arthritis increases and the more joints are affected it becomes a threat to living independently. Daily activities such as walking, running, swimming and sports can become harder to do and everyday tasks we take for granted such as climbing the stairs, housework, getting up from a chair and even standing still for a long period of time can be difficult and in some serious cases, impossible.
Painful joints is the most common symptom and the inevitable deterioration that comes with arthritis and is the thing that causes most of the mobility issues. A joint affected by arthritis (an arthritic joint) is damaged by inflammation and causes pain making it difficult to use as the movement will cause even more pain and joint stiffness, meaning the joint won’t be able to move as much, impeding flexibility.
The two most common types are arthritis are Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis and both effect mobility and cause a great loss of it.
Rheumatoid arthritis affects your immune system and attacks the cells in the lining of joints making them swell and stiffen causing pain when moved. The cartilage between joints can be worn down, giving the joint no protection as the bones rub together when moved.
Osteoarthritis is a very similar type of arthritis to Rheumatoid and similarly effects mobility. Again, this type of arthritis causes stiffness and swelling of the joints and causes difficulty moving and completing everyday tasks. Mostly affecting the cartilage, the surface of the bone breaks away and allows the bone to rub together causing pain and eventually a loss of motion. Osteophytes (Small bits of bone) can also grow on the edges, further damaging the joint and making movement painful.
Mobility and movement are hugely lessened by arthritis, it affects mostly elderly patients. However, a selection of treatments, although not cures, are available to help cope with the lifestyle and movement changes.
If you or someone you know suffers with Arthritis, a walk in shower or bath could provide a significant lifestyle improvement as you won’t struggle with steps and high ledges. Get in touch for more information.