Arthritis occurs from inflammation in your joints. With overuse or injury, cartilage on the end of the joints can break down, causing a narrowing of the joint space and the bones to rub together. This can lead to swelling, stiffness, and possibly osteoarthritis, the most common and typical type of arthritis. Another type of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis, characterized by extreme inflammation on both sides of the body (such as hands, wrists, or knees.) Whether you have rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, you know the debilitating effects it has on your daily life. While there is no known cure, the goal of treatment is to reduce pain, improve function, and prevent further joint damage. A combination of exercise, massage, and applying Salonpas® external pain relievers is often recommended.
See a doctor for pain lasting longer than a few days.