Medical Brochure Category: Joints and Muscles

Person with a sore foot due to chronic gout and high levels of uric acid

Chronic Gout

It is a type of inflammatory arthritis, that is to say, a painful condition caused by the deposition (build-up) of uric acid crystals in one or more joints.
Some people develop chronic gout, also called gouty arthritis. This is when people experience repeated flare-ups that can lead to joint damage, deformity and limited joint motion.

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Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent form of arthritis and a major cause of disability in people aged 65 years and older.

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Person's hands folded over each other, emphasising the joints in the hands

Joint Health

Healthy joints are vital for staying mobile throughout your life and doing the sports and other activities you enjoy. Over time your joints go through wear and tear, but there’s plenty you can do now to protect and strengthen them.

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Gouty Arthritis

You wake up to a sharp pain in your big toe that feels as though someone has dropped a rock on it. The slightest movement, or lightest contact with the duvet, causes you to wince or cry out. This is what a gout attack feels like.

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Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain is pain that extends beyond the expected period of healing.

The pain lasts for longer than 6 months and the patient will feel discomfort all the time. The pain can be mild and severe and doesn’t go away.
Chronic pain persists over time and is often resistant to medical treatments. Pain is described as shooting, burning, aching or electrical.
The causes of chronic pain might be because of previous trauma and injury, illness, normal aging or nerve damage.
There is no test that can measure and locate pain with precision. The goal is to provide symptom relief, to reduce pain and improve function. Chronic pain cannot be cured, but can be managed.
Medication is the most powerful pain relief tool. Taking your medication on a daily basis as prescribed by your doctor is the best treatment for pain, because it will ensure continuous relief. Always take your medication with a full glass of water, as this helps distributing the medication to reach the areas of pain.

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Bone Health

A low bone mass leads to fragile, brittle bones with a decreased bone strength, increasing the risk of developing fractures following minor trauma. In severe cases, bones can break (or fracture) during normal activity even in the absence of trauma.

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