Arthritis is a large and very complex family of diseases, with over 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. The common link is that these conditions cause damage to joints and connective tissues. This makes the tasks of everyday life very challenging and often extremely painful, making living a ‘normal life’ impossible for some.
According to Arthritis Australia, arthritis is the number one cause of disability and chronic pain in Australia. There are over 3.85 million Australians affected by arthritis. This trend, reported by Access Economics, is likely to increase to 7 million Australians by 2050.
The most common forms of arthritis are:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Juvenile arthritis
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus)
While there is no cure for arthritis, delaying the onset of the condition is possible. To find out more see here: http://www.arthritisaustralia.com.au/index.php/arthritis-information/what-is-arthritis.html