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All the facts you need to know about Arthritis

Arthritis literally means inflammation of the joints. There are over a hundred different forms of arthritis diseases. These diseases generally affect the area in and around joints such as muscles and tendons. Some forms of arthritis also affect other body parts like the skin and internal organs. Most forms of arthritis are chronic and last for a lifetime. Arthritis makes it difficult to perform movements which are a part of daily routine such as opening a door or chopping vegetables. Arthritis can strike people of any age and gender.

Arthritis causes pain, stiffness, fatigue and immobility ranging from mild to severe. The symptoms vary from individual to individual and also day to day. For some people only a few joints could be affected while in others the entire body could be suffering. Most arthritis diseases show signs of joint inflammation: swelling, stiffness, tenderness, redness or warmth which may be accompanied by loss of weight, fever or weakness. The most common arthritis conditions are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout.

In osteoarthritis, the cartilage – tissue that protects the ends of your bones in the joint – gradually wears down. This could result in your knees aching more than usual or make you feel rather stiff and weary. The exact cause of a cartilage breakdown is not yet known but factors such as aging, lifestyle, genetic tendencies, obesity, joint injuries could contribute to developing osteoarthritis.

While rheumatoid arthritis too results in pain and fatigue, it is an autoimmune disease. The body’s immune system attacks its own joints, causing their lining to swell and hurt. The probability of rheumatoid arthritis striking a woman is thrice more than a man. This form of arthritis starts out an early age and begins to show symptoms at an age as young as 25. While regular arthritis tends to affect weight bearing joints such as knees and hips, rheumatoid arthritis often impacts the entire body – all joints as well as other organs. Eating foods known to reduce inflammation such as salmon, walnuts, flaxseeds also help in easing the pain. Hot and cold compression treatments are also helpful in relaxing the pain.

Gout is caused by the build-up of uric acid in the body. Generally, uric acid dissolves in the blood and is removed via the kidneys and urine. However, if your kidneys aren’t functioning well or your diet is made up of large quantities of liver, dried beans or peas, uric acid levels can increase to toxic levels. This uric acid forms crystal deposits in joints thus leading to pain, swelling, redness and heat.

The initial stages of arthritis do not show much symptoms. Mild cartilage damage shows no signs, it is only when there’s a substantial loss of cartilage that symptoms of slow joint function, stiffness and pain start to develop. Arthritis is most likely to affect hands and weight bearing joints such as knees, hips, spine, lower back, neck, and end joints of the fingers.

As there is no cure known yet for arthritis, the best route would be prevention. Simple measures can go a long way in preventing arthritis. Maintain a healthy routine and an active lifestyle, exercise regularly. Maintain an optimum weight so that there isn’t additional strain on the joints. Wear appropriate protection for joints to avoid any joint injuries.

Many people dismiss arthritis pain as ageing pains and continue to suffer. If you continue suffering swelling, stiffness or joint pains for over two weeks, it is recommended to seek professional advice from a diagnostic service centre such as Apollo Diagnostics. Consult a reputed doctor who will run diagnostic tests and prescribe medication, lifestyle changes and suitable exercises to help relieve the arthritis. Ignoring the symptoms and not taking preventive care could result in serious disability and possibly joint replacement surgery.

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Patient Testimonials

“Finding the best place for a diagnostic test is as important as consulting the best doctor. The Apollo name was what guided me to Apollo Diagnostics and I am indeed glad that I came here. From attending us on time to sample collection, everything flowed so smoothly. I was particularly impressed by the hygiene. It was definitely a value for money experience. Thanks a lot Apollo Diagnostics…keep up the good work!”

Mrs. Ferha Jabeen, Old Bowenpally, Secunderabad

“I Have heard a lot of good things about Apollo Diagnostics from our family physician as well as from relatives and friends. So then next time I needed a diagnostic centre, I visited Apollo Diagnostics and I was really glad I did. For one, I didn’t have to wait. The technician was extremely good, and the place was really clean. It was certainly a value for money experience. Great job Apollo Diagnostics!”

Ms. T. Jaya, Nakkalagutta, Hanmakonda

“I must say Apollo Diagnostics places a great value on time and patient comfort! I am a fan of their home collection service which is not only on time and technically sound, but the hygiene and cordiality of the visiting technician is also commendable. Hats off! I’ll continue to recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my family and friends.”

Mr. B. Pochaiah, Mallikarjuna Nagar Colony, Old Bowenpally, Secunderabad

“I have always had a great experience with Apollo Diagnostics. The calls are unfailingly answered. The scheduled appointment is kept to the minute. The phlebotomist is well-trained in both technique and putting the patient at ease. Apollo Diagnostics undoubtedly delivers value for money. They will always be my top option for all the diagnostic needs of my family.”

Mr. Prasanta Kumar Jena, JP Nagar, Bengaluru

“I came to know about Apollo Diagnostics from my relatives and friends. So, when I required a check up to be done, I thought about trying their service once. From sticking to the appointed time to accuracy of technique, it was really a great experience overall. Hygiene of the technician and the centre as well, was also quite admirable. I certainly felt it delivers value for money service. From now on, I’ll always visit Apollo Diagnostics for all my checkups.”

Mr. Venkateshwar Rao, Hanmakonda

“I was looking for a good diagnostic centre to get some checkups done. I was confused as there are so many of them all over the city. Some of my friends recommended Apollo Diagnostics as the best one. I’ll always remain thankful to them. The technician at Apollo Diagnostics was not only punctual but his competency was certainly praiseworthy. I never felt any discomfort as he was so confident and compassionate. Great job Apollo Diagnostics!”

Mr. T Radhakishan Rao, Hanmakonda

“My experience with Apollo Diagnostics has been consistently good. Securing the appointment was very easy and the schedule was maintained to the dot. The behaviour of the technician was pleasant and he was well–versed with his job. The place was noticeably clean and I did not face any discomfort during the process. The reports were delivered as promised and surprisingly, the service was pretty affordable. I would recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my circle without any hesitation!”

Mr. Arif Ameer, JP Nagar, Bengaluru

“Apollo Diagnostics came highly recommended by my friends. I was particularly impressed by their cordiality, time management and process competence. Another must mention is the hygiene factor that is impeccable. Given the quality delivered, this is certainly a value for money experience. Thanks a lot Apollo Diagnostics…keep up the great work!”

Ms. A.Madhavi, Warangal

“Our family physician strictly instructed me to get the checkup done at Apollo Diagnostics. I am glad I respected his opinion. I was attended to as soon as I went in. The technician was a true expert at his job and made it a painless experience for me. I also observed that the centre was spotless and all the staff members were particular about maintaining hygiene. Apollo Diagnostics certainly delivers value for money. I’ll always recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my family and friends.”

Ms. Vimala, Hanmakonda

“My Apollo Diagnostics experience has thus far been truly amazing. Besides unfailingly maintaining the schedule – be it sample taking or report delivery, their sense of cleanliness is also tops. The technicians are well-trained and do their job with diligence and in a friendly manner that puts patients at ease at once. Apollo Diagnostics is setting a very high standard indeed! Now that’s what I call a fine job!”

Ms. G. Jyothi, Warangal