Arthritis can be a debilitating condition. It’s something that can affect your daily life and a variety of systems in your body. While there are different types of arthritis, many symptoms are similar across each disease. Trying to find ways to mitigate symptoms, like arthritis gloves or physical therapy, can provide a bit of relief in to this challenging and painful condition. But in what ways does arthritis truly affect your health and other systems in the body besides joints? Here are three ways that arthritis can impact your life.
- Skeletal system. First and foremost, arthritis affects the skeletal system by causing inflammation to small joints like those in the hands and feet. Sufferers can experience pain, swelling, tenderness, and stiffness in these joints, which tends to be worse in the morning and ease throughout the day depending on severity. These symptoms tend to be some of the first that someone with arthritis will experience. One way to ease the pain and stiffness is to find good gloves that help with compression and blood flow. These gloves will provide support and resistance to swelling.
- Circulatory system. A specific type of the disease, rheumatoid arthritis, can have an impact on several systems in the body including the circulatory system. People who suffer from RA have a higher risk of developing anemia due to a decrease in red blood cell production. In addition, inflamed blood vessels have a risk of weakening, expanding, or narrowing which will negatively impact blood flow and circulation. These types of circulatory issues can lead to cold extremities like hands and feet. Finding gloves for rheumatoid arthritis can help in keeping circulation up and hands warm.
- Immune system. Rheumatoid arthritis, specifically, is an auto-immune disorder that impacts the immune system, among others. RA makes a sufferer’s immune system attack healthy cells and cause the range of issues like painful joints.
Staying healthy and avoiding triggers for your disease are smart ways to limiting symptoms. Also taking preventative measures like wearing arthritis gloves can help. UNIQKNITS™ offers a line of self-heating gloves for arthritis sufferers. There are a number of ways to keep your fingers and joints warm, and our technology provides a unique way of adding warmth to your hands.
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