Arthritis: A Real Pain in the Neck

First published in Beyond India, November 2016 edition.

Dr Rahul Barmanray

Oof! When I roll chapathi my hands hurt, if I carry the grandchildren my back hurts and when I walk my knees hurt! I can do nothing!

Arthritis is a word that means ‘inflammation of a joint’. Joints have many nerves so this inflammation is often quite painful. Initially treatment is with lifestyle changes and pain relief, followed by stronger medications. Over years the inflammation eventually destroys the joint and patients may require surgery or even joint replacements. There are a few