Anyone who has been on a hike or participated in a 10K run will tell you how painful and sore their joints and muscles are the next day. The day after strenuous exercise might start with a battle to get out of bed. It can hurt just to bend your arms and legs. Standing up can be accompanied by popping joints, creaks, groans, and moans.
This is an expected reaction to vigorous exercise especially if you don't put your body through such strenuous workout. This, however, is the norm for people who suffer from the medical condition called arthritis.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a joint disorder that is best showcased by inflammation. A joint is any part of the body where two different bones meet. Its function is to enable the movement of body parts that are connected by bones. In layman terms, this disorder can be best described as the inflammation of one or more joints. This inflammation is commonly accompanied by pain and stiffness.
It is a common disease among older adults that restricts their movement and causes them pain when they try to move. This disease is not restricted to adults only as the disease can also strike children. The most common form of arthritis that affects teenagers and children is juvenile idiopathic arthritis which is commonly referred to as JIA.
Medical professionals haven’t been able to pinpoint the exact cause of this condition but they feel that the following factors play a major role:
- Diseases and viruses are believed to trigger JIA
Fortunately, JIA isn't contagious, so you can't catch it from someone who has it.
There is no outright cure for JIA, but it can be controlled and treated with prescribed medications that fight pain and inflammation. Physical therapy is also helpful for children suffering from JIA. It is important for people suffering from arthritis to stay active by doing exercises and stretching. It is also recommended that people suffering from arthritis take warm baths which have been known to help soothe aching joints.