Health feature: Arthritis affects people of all ages

For this week's health feature, Phemelo Ngcobo standing in for Azania Mosaka, looks at arthritis with Dr Anne Stan Stanwix.

According to the latest statistics, about seven million South Africans suffer from some form of arthritis, with roughly three percent having a systemic and inflammatory form, which affects more than the joints.

The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Listen to the conversation below to learn more about this disease:

There are many forms of arthritis, actually, over a hundred forms.

Dr. Anne Stan Stanwix, rheumatologist

When you have got a condition for more than six week then we term it chronic. Arthritis does imply that there is an ongoing problem. Most forms of arthritis are chronic.

Dr. Anne Stan Stanwix, rheumatologist

It's important to be followed by someone, because the aim of treating someone is to make sure that they are not getting symptoms.

Dr. Anne Stan Stanwix, rheumatologist

Now our prescription is for exercise, even in the inflammation stage, we get patients to move the joints.

Dr. Anne Stan Stanwix, rheumatologist

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