Rheumatic diseases are not just a problem for older people
Among rheumatic diseases we find some more known as low back pain, osteoporosis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, which mainly affect the elderly but also young people and children.
There are more than 250 rheumatic diseases or pathologies unknown, so experts warn about their ignorance, despite being increasingly common.
They are usually chronic diseases, which can produce very strong pains and cause incapacity in the short or medium term. They can cause fatigue, depression, mood swings, loss of mobility, loss of strength … among many other causes.
Among the best known, rheumatoid arthritis, is the disease that affects the joints and causes chronic pain. It is a degenerative disease that begins with the pains and carries other symptoms like tiredness, fatigue and incapacities.
In addition, due to the rapid and progressive aging of the population, the number of people affected by a rheumatic disease, will increase in the coming years.
Some pathologies such as low back pain or osteoarthritis are much more frequent in middle-aged people or older than 50, compared to juvenile idiopathic arthritis that occurs in much younger people.
Furthermore, it is necessary to add in some cases the late detection of these pathologies due to their ignorance as for example can be in the case of psoriatic arthritis, much less known among the population. In this type of illness, early detection is essential due to chronic pain involved for the patient.
Another unfavorable aspect to emphasize of this type of pathologies, is that they suppose an important work incapacity. Osteoarthritis of the hip, knee and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common in Spain.
In the case of rheumatoid arthritis, it is women between the ages of 30 and 50 who suffer the most from this pathology, but also depends on other factors such as hormones, genes or the environment. Many men also suffer rheumatoid arthritis, although not the most frequent.
Although the progression in knowledge of pathologies is increasing, there is still a very large percentage of the population that confuses arthritis with osteoarthritis, as well as believe that the main consequence of these diseases is to end up in a wheelchair.
Therefore, the importance of raising awareness about the causes and symptoms of these pathologies for timely detection and reducing incapacity.
In our Vithas Xanit International Hospital, our units of traumatology and orthopedics and rheumatology, will be in charge of detecting in time any disease related to your bones and joints. You will have the best professionals, innovative techniques as well as a state-of-the-art equipment, always for the highest satisfaction of our patients.