There are many other types of arthritis for example:
- Juvenile inflammatory arthritis (inflammatory arthritis starting below the age of 16)
- Enteropathic arthritis (arthritis associated with inflammatory bowel disease)
- Reactive arthritis (arthritis triggered by an infection)
- Post viral arthritis (arthritis triggered by a virus)
- Psoriatic arthritis (to find out more click here)
- Ankolysing spondylitis (to find out more click here)
All of these types of arthritis are different but they tend to cause similar problems of pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints and sometimes pain in the low back or spine. Whatever the type of arthritis, self-management can help.
- Exercising the joints cannot cause more damage and will usually help reduce pain and ease stiffness.
- Eating a healthy diet and keeping to a healthy weight can reduce the pressure on the joints, reduce pain and improve function.
- Reducing stress, improving your sleep, relaxing, socialising and sharing your experiences with others can help you better manage your pain.