Arthritis - TerryWhite Chemmart

Arthritis

The number one cause of chronic pain in Australia, arthritis is a broad term that refers to disorders or conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system – usually the joints. Sufferers can experience joint pain, inflammation, damage and stiffness.

There are over 100 different forms of arthritis and diseases related to arthritis. Most common types include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and gout.

30% of Australians are reported to suffer from arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions – that equates to 6.9 million people¹. Women are more susceptible than men, and while older generations are more likely to have it, it can in fact occur at any age.

Symptoms of arthritis

The ability to recognise the accompanying signs and symptoms of arthritis is integral to early diagnosis. Connect with a healthcare professional if you’re experiencing:

  • Reduced flexibility or range of motion in joints
  • Tender, deformed, red and/or swollen joints
  • Feeling of weakness, extreme fatigue, general discomfort
  • Stiffness in the morning and when inactive
  • Numbness, tingling or pins and needles sensation

All the associated symptoms may disappear and reappear and can have varying levels of severity. So, if you do experience any of them but they fade, it’s still important to consult with your healthcare professional just in case.

Risk factors of arthritis

Your TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacist can help

At TerryWhite Chemmart, our pharmacists can provide expert advice to help you manage the symptoms. We also have a wide range of products at great prices that may help with certain symptoms of arthritis.

When you’re more conscious that you’re more at-risk of arthritis than others, you can stay more vigilant when keeping an eye out for symptoms. The following may put you into this category:

Increasing age. Although arthritis can affect people of all ages, the risk is increased with age peaking at 60-64.

Family History. You can be more at risk if someone in your family already has arthritis.

Gender.  Females are more likely to experience osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis¹, while males are four times more likely to experience gout².

When you’re more conscious that you’re more at-risk of arthritis than others, you can stay more vigilant when keeping an eye out for symptoms. The following may put you into this category:

Increasing age. Although arthritis can affect people of all ages, the risk is increased with age peaking at 60-64.

Family History. You can be more at risk if someone in your family already has arthritis.

Gender.  Females are more likely to experience osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis¹, while males are four times more likely to experience gout².

Occupation.  Repetitive movements and poor posture may cause problems (whether you’re behind a desk all day or performing manual labour).

Lifestyle. Smoking, poor diet, being an unhealthy weight and general inactivity are all possible risk factors.

Injuries. If you’ve had injuries or trauma to your joints in the past, you may be more susceptible.

¹https://www.aihw.gov.au/getmedia/9844cefb-7745-4dd8-9ee2-f4d1c3d6a727/19787-AH16.pdf.aspx?inline=true (pp.99)

²https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/arthritis-other-musculoskeletal-conditions/gout/contents/what-is-gout

General advice only – this information should not replace the information provided to you by your health care professional. If symptoms are severe or persist, please speak to your health care professional. Information current as of date of publishing.

Always check with your pharmacist or medical professional before starting any new medications or supplements, particularly if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, are taking any medications currently, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or researching therapies suitable for infants or children.