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There are many medical conditions that can render a person unable to work on a short term or long term basis. There are conditions that are inflammatory in nature or affect a person’s joints and muscles and can cause difficulty with daily activities and with performing the essential duties of one’s employment.
This post will explain what arthritis is and who it affects. Our next post will discuss how arthritis impacts mobility and cause activity limitations and can lead to long term disability claims.
What is arthritis? According to The Arthritis Society, arthritis consists of more than 100 different conditions, which range from tendonitis, bursitis to lupus, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis, with joint pain as the most common denominator.
There is no known complete cure for arthritis and arthritis can occur in any age group, regardless of physical health.
There are 2 classifications of arthritis; inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis.
The most common type of inflammatory arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis, and other types include lupus and gout. Inflammatory arthritis is considered an autoimmune disorder. An autoimmune disorder is where a person’s immune centre mistakenly attacks the body’s healthy health tissue and destroys it. An autoimmune disorder is associated with pain, inflammation and swelling.
Osteoarthritis relates to irreparable damage surrounding and in the joints. Osteoarthritis can be triggered by various factors, including injuries caused by slip and falls and car accidents. Osteoarthritis is the most common/prevalent form of arthritis. It affects joint cartilage, which is the connective tissue between the bones. When cartilage wears away, a person can experience stiffness, swelling and pain as a result of the contact between bones.
According to The Arthritis Society of Canada’s Fact Sheet:
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