Up to 1 in 4 adults are affected by painful joints in the U.S. Joint pain in adults can lead to Arthritis. In 2015 it was reported that 91 million adults have some form of arthritis.
You’ve probably heard of Osteoarthritis, which is the most common form of arthritis and affects millions of people in the U.S. Oftentimes, Osteoarthritis can be confused with another form of arthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis causes severe nerve damage and requires medical care. The damaging effects of Rheumatoid arthritis occur on both sides of the body, whereas, if one joint in one arm is affected, the same joint in the other arm will also be affected. This is the main way a doctor is able to distinguish between other forms of arthritis in patients. Rheumatoid arthritis most often affects people after 40 years of age.
The causes of Rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, but it is said to be genetically inherited. Factors that may increase your chances of getting Rheumatoid arthritis are age, sex, family history, use of smoking, and obesity. Some common symptoms may include fatigue, joint swelling, stiffness, loss of energy, weight loss, and joint and muscle pain. In other cases, patients may experience symptoms unrelated to joints that affect the skin, eyes, heart, salivary glands, bone marrow, lungs, nerve tissue, and liver. The global market for regenerative medicine is expected to reach 17.9 billion before 2025.
In the U.S there are over 110,000 physical therapists employed. Diagnoses may be difficult in the early stages, but if you believe you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, seek medical advice from your doctor.