Arthritis

Arthritis can affect people of all ages, not just older people.

Although there are a range of types of arthritis, two of the most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis:

  • Osteoarthritis is when the cartilage between your bones wears away, causing the joint between two bones to rub
  • Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammation of the joints causing sufferers to feel pain, discomfort and difficulty when moving around

There is currently no cure for arthritis, however good self care and managing the condition effectively, it can help ease your symptoms and prevent your arthritis from getting worse.

What can you do to improve your care?

Exercise

The thought of exercising when you have arthritis may be off-putting, but it is important to stay active to keep joints moving and reduce stiffness, increase muscle strength, and gain more energy. Find out how exercise helps.

Diet

Along with exercise, eating healthily, cutting down on alcohol will help you to maintain a healthy weight. Find out more about healthy eating, drinking and weight loss programmes.

Physical therapy

A physiotherapist is a trained specialist who helps to keep your joints and muscles moving, helps ease pain and keeps you mobile. You can find your own Physiotherapist in Bracknell Forest or your GP can refer you.

For more information about how to manage your arthritis or how to support someone with arthritis please visit the Arthritis Care UK website.