Effects of Arthritis on the Body

Arthritis poses not just one but multiple effects on the body.

They could be any or all of the following:

  • It damages adjoining tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. Ligaments connect bone to bone, while tendons connect bone to muscle.
  • It wears away the ends of bones. These ends are cushioned by connective tissue called cartilage and are supported by tendons and ligaments.
  • It affects one or more joints at a time. Joints are the point of connection between two or more bones. They enable a variety of movements such as flexion (bending), extension (stretching), and rotation (movement around). Thus, the further arthritis progresses, the more limited your range of motion becomes.
  • In the long run, it damages other organs too. These organs include the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys. If you’re concerned as to what these damaging effects are, fast-forward to page 14 without any delay!

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Last updated on October 17, 2013