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Don’t ignore arthritis aches and pains

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March 26th, 2013

If you don t treat arthritis pain in one area of your body, that pain may spread and be harder to treat. At an annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, researchers presented findings showing that arthritis may start slowly in one location, but if it goes untreated, the pain may spread to other areas or even all over your body, which can lead to significant disability.

Triggering pain elsewhere

Scientists discovered that the central nervous system sometimes responds to arthritis pain that keeps occurring in one place by triggering pain in other body parts. And it s not only in joints it may cause pain in muscles or skin. Why this happens is unknown, but the key is to treat pain immediately to prevent this escalation. Over 25 million people in the U.S. have osteoarthritis, and it is a major cause of disability. The earlier you are diagnosed and treated, the better. Treatment may include exercise, weight control, physical therapy, and medications.