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Introduction There are more than 115 different types of arthritis Some are very serious and hold the potential for severe disability and deformity if left untreated Others may generate only mild discomfort which may be totally controlled with relative ease Myths and misconceptions thrive everywhere Despite the continued efforts of medical professionals and The Arthritis Society a large proportion of the population still believes that arthritis is nothing more that aches and pains is never dangerous or fatal is something only old people get is caused by the weather or is a disease for witch nothing can be done Nothing could be further from the truth Arthritis is much more than aches or pains it is a serious chronic illness which usually lasts a lifetime and demands prompt and regular attention Arthritis is not exclusive to the elderly more than 30000 Canadian children already have some form of it and another 1000000 with the disease between 30 and 50 years of age Climate and weather has little if anything to do with the disease other than a psychological impact on the course of the disease And arthritis is a disease for which something can be done Types As I have already stated there are more than 115 different types of arthritis I will include the six most common forms in this report Osteoarthritis Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in Canada This type is also referred to as degenerative joint disease because it is a consequence of the wearing out of the cartilage that covers the end of bones usually in the major weight bearing joints of the hips knees and spine Joints in the fingers are occasionally involved as well Osteoarthritis usually occurs later in life and more often than not affects only a few joints It may also occur in a single joint which has been injured or has a structural
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