Arthritis is a disease that attacks the joints of the body and to be honest, every joint in the body is in fact a potential target. However, some joints are more usually affected than others, especially those that are most frequently used, ones that are vulnerable to injury and those whose are put under a lot of pressure.
Arthritis typically leads to swelling of the common with limited movement and mild to severe pain and is caused by the degradation of the cartilage in the common which leads to inflammation because of the ends of the bones rubbing together. Arthritis can develop in various forms and can be brought on by disease, injury or simple wear and tear. It stands to reason then, that the most common joints to be affected with this disease would represent the ones that are in constant use or those that take a lot of strain over a person’s lifetime.
It seems reasonable to accept then, that arthritis will affect the joints in the hip and one, the fingers, or both knee joints as these are used an enormous amount in a person’s lifetime; but it may surprise you to know… that these aren’t the most common target for arthritis. It has been noted that the most common joint to be touched by the disease is, in fact, the acromioclavicular joint. If you’ve never heard of it before, it is the common between the shoulder blade and the collar bone that allows a person to lift their arms above their head and to stretch them across their body. Acromioclavicular (AC) arthritis is a common type of osteoarthritis.
Let’s take a look below at the two most common joints that are affected by arthritis and what the possible causes and most likely treatments are.
Osteoarthritis shoulder ac joint
This joint connects the collar bone to the upper part of the shoulder blade and can be felt or treated as a bump on the shoulder at the conclusion of the collar bone. This joint allows rotation of the shoulder and also enables a person to reach above their head and also to reach across the body. It is a very well used joint and comes into action every time we comb our hair, or wave at somebody in the street or scratch a persistent itch on the other edge of the body. We use it without even thinking or knowing about it, like so many other areas of our body. As well as being caused by normal wear and tear as a person gets older, certain sports people are also sensitive to the disease, particularly in activities like body building and weight lifting.
Studies have shown that weight loss, exercises for mutual humanization of joint function and the construction of the muscles that support the joints, can significantly improve patient health and quality of their lives compared with medication alone.
AC Arthritis can produce mild to severe pain and swelling and stiffness to the AC joint. This is very noticeable when a sufferer is engaging in an activity such as golf or even just crossing their arms or lifting something above their head. Some sufferers may even experience a ‘click’ effect and the surface may become tender to the touch.
There are many things a sufferer of AC Arthritis can do to relieve the symptoms and it’s a case of finding out which method works best in each individual case.
The knee joint takes a lot of pounding over the years and it is not surprising that it is a perfect target for arthritis. What a sufferer can expect is pain, stiffness and knee swelling. Of course, swollen knees can be caused by a large number of things and it is better to get an accurate diagnosis in order to address the condition properly. If it turns out to be osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis there are many ways that the pain and swelling can be dealt with.
It is possible to get exemption from the pain caused by arthritis by using an ice pack on the swollen knee, as same as the usual pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs. Dietary supplements such as Glucosamine and Chondroitin can likewise be used, by reason of their joint building properties. There hasn’t been a lot of real research into these two naturally occurring substances to see whether or not they’re as effective as some think they are. However, with next to no side effects, these two dietary supplements will forever be popular in the eyes of the general public.
Looking after the knees is really important in order to prevent the onset of issues such as arthritis and, therefore, injured, sore or swollen knees caused by sports injuries, accidents, and other incidents should be rested and treated straight away and no unnecessary pressure applied to the knee joint.
Whilst it is recognized that every joint in the body is a potential target for arthritis, there are a number of joints that are most commonly affected than others. The two most commonly affected joints are the knee and the Acromioclavicular joint. However, other joints that sustain frequent use and pressure, such as the hip and fingers, are also prime targets.
Treatment is varied and each individual will respond differently to each and every one of these treatments and so a certain degree of experimentation may be needed to determine the best one.
Although arthritis isn’t a curable disease it can be managed and it’s possible to minimise joint damage if it’s diagnosed at an early stage. Maintaining the correct weight can also help in preventing arthritis because less stress is placed on the joints, particularly the hip and knee joints. Too much use of an injured joint and extreme repetitive movements can also put extra strain on a joint which could make it more prone to damage and cartilage deterioration.
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i have a class 2 or three?shoulder seperation.im getting stonger but i do feel discomfort throughout day.im cautious about how much and how i lift things.this injury was brought about to me by a reckless uninsured ,unlicensed driver.there is a lump on my shoulder that i heard is common in this type of injury.when i reach the maximum of healing that can be expected due to this injury,will the lump stay or go away.basically what im trying to say is can i live with this bump when i recover as much as can be expected.
this is personal advice, not medical advice lumps are, as you mentioned, common in acromioclavicular joint separation. you indicated that the driver was uninsured; the good news (for you) is that surgery in a grade 3 AC seperations doesn't show much improvement over other more conservative treatments. the bad news is that the chances are fairly good that this will bother you for a long time – possibly for the rest of your life. if your injury troubles you for a good while (say, maybe a year or two), you probably need to see a doctor whether or not you have seen one already. the injured joint degenerates faster than normal, and over time it becomes arthritic and painful. this process may take years to develop, but sometimes it happens within one or two years. i would strongly recommend consulting a physical therapist & attempt to rehabilitate the injury. if you put great effort into rehabilitation, and if the injury isn't too severe, you may be able to reduce or even eliminate most problems, although osteoarthritis remains a very substantial risk down the road