Chronic pain; often have a subtle or vague symptoms that develop slowly and are long lasting. What begins as a small, nagging ache or pain can grow into a debilitating injury if it isn’t recognized and treated early. Chronic pain may contribute to decreased physical activity due to fear of exacerbating pain. Sleep disturbance, and insomnia due to medication and illness symptoms are often experienced by those with chronic pain.
Arthritis is a form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis. The most common form, osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), is a result of trauma to the joint, infection of the joint, or age. Other arthritis forms are rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and related autoimmune diseases. Septic arthritis is caused by joint infection.
The major complaint by individuals who have arthritis is joint pain.Pain is often a constant and may be localized to the joint affected. The pain from arthritis is due to inflammation that occurs around the joint, damage to the joint from disease, daily wear and tear of joint, muscle strains caused by forceful movements against stiff painful joints and fatigue. Osteoarthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis, cannot be cured, but one can prevent the condition from worsening. Physical therapy to strengthen muscles and joints is very helpful.