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Arthritis Basics

Joint pain and fatigue aren't the only symptoms of arthritis. Take our quiz and test your arthritis knowledge.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: Arthritis affects only the elderly.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Although osteoarthritis is typically associated with older age, other types of arthritis -- particularly rheumatoid arthritis -- can strike at any age.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Losing weight can help prevent some types of osteoarthritis.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Losing weight may help with osteoarthritis of the knees and hip.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

If you lose one pound, how many pounds of force does it take off your knee and hip joints?

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The correct answer is: Losing weight can help reduce the amount of force your body places on your joints. In fact, losing just one pound will take four pounds of weight off of your knee and hip joints.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

How many children have juvenile arthritis?

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The correct answer is: Juvenile arthritis, which affects 300,000 children, is a catchall term for autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that develop before the age of 16. It once included rheumatic fever, which has declined now that aspirin is seldom prescribed to children.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

How does weather affect arthritis?

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The correct answer is: It's common for people with arthritis to experience some discomfort when the weather changes -- usually due to changes in barometric pressure. But there have been surprisingly few studies of weather and arthritis.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

How is gout related to arthritis?

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The correct answer is: With gout, joints become inflamed when uric acid builds up, and if too much uric acid builds up in the fluid around the joints, uric acid crystals form. These crystals cause the joints to swell up and become inflamed.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Exercise is bad for arthritic joints.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Moderate- to low-impact exercise like walking actually helps lubricate joints, reduce stress and build muscles, all of which is good for arthritis.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

What martial art can help arthritis pain?

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The correct answer is: Studies show that tai chi, a kind of martial art, may increase balance and decrease pain, fatigue and stiffness.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is an autoimmune disease?

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The correct answer is: In patients with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, the body's immune system attacks itself.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: All joint pain is arthritis.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Joint pain may be caused by a soft tissue injury or bursitis.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which type of pain reliever won't help reduce swelling?

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The correct answer is: Naproxen and aspirin are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat swelling as well as pain. A dosage of up to 4 grams per day of Tylenol, however, can be an effective initial treatment for osteoarthritis pain.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which joints does rheumatoid arthritis (RA) commonly affect?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Depending on how severe it is, RA can also affect other joints.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's best to delay drug treatment for RA until pain is unbearable.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Early, aggressive treatment for RA can delay joint destruction.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

In addition to causing joint damage, RA can affect which other tissues?

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The correct answer is: RA can also increase hardening of the arteries and cause spinal injury when neck bones become damaged.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can be prevented.

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The correct answer is: This is false. There is no known prevention for RA, but early treatment can help prevent further joint damage.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which is the most common type of arthritis?

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The correct answer is: Osteoarthritis affects more than 27 million Americans.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Jogging can cause osteoarthritis.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A number of long-term studies have found that regular joggers are at no greater risk of arthritis than non-runners. Injuries from repetitive activities can cause osteoarthritis.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which alternative therapy has been shown to help people with arthritis manage their pain?

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The correct answer is: Studies have shown acupuncture may help for several kinds of arthritis pain. There's no proof that gin-soaked raisins or magnets have any effect.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

What is the most common comorbidity for people with arthritis?

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The correct answer is: Nearly one in four people with arthritis also has heart disease. But rates of chronic respiratory disease and diabetes are also high.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

How can depression affect osteoarthritis of the knee?

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The correct answer is: Depression can make pain worse. It can also be a common side effect of arthritis.

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Good nutrition -- especially calcium and vitamin D -- is very important to healthy bones and muscles, as is regular exercise and keeping weight under control. This lifestyle is especially important in childhood and teen years, whe...

n bone strength is developing most rapidly -- and can help prevent osteoporosis (brittle bones), fractures, and painful osteoarthritis (degenerative joints) later in life.
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