Dr. Gaurav talks about the different treatments available to treat arthritis depending on their stages. He recommends consulting a doctor rather than self diagnosing. Dr. Bhardwaj is a senior consultant in Orthopaedics and Joint replacement at Saket City Hospital, New Delhi.
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Q1. What is arthritis?
A1. It is a condition of the musculoskeletal system that causes inflammation of the joints which leads to disability. Arthritis is the most common cause of disability.
Q2. When does it occur?
A2. Arthritis may occur when there is wear and tear of ligaments around a joint. It may be caused when there is wearing away of the cartilage that covers the bone surface or it may be caused due to lack of or inflammation of synovial fluid that nourishes the joint.
Q3. What are the factors that cause arthritis?
A3. It may be caused when there is repetitive movement of the joints as in a physically demanding job, due to infection or previous injury to the joint, due to obesity which puts excessive stress on the joints or it may caused due to genetic factors or family history.
There is increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis, gout and osteoarthritis with age.