Dr. Eric Ruderman shares the risks associated with untreated arthritis.
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You know I think that its important to rescue lives that arthritis in a joint may only be one symptom of a more systemic disease and sometimes you can put up with the pain, you can put up with the stiffness and ignore the arthritis. The danger is that the rest of the disease goes on unchecked. Particularly for inflammatory types of arthritis ignoring it may lead to other complications and other body organs. It may lead to further damage of that joints that leads to further difficulty using that joint overtime. Knowing that today we have actually good treatments both medical and non-medical therapist that maybe able to control both the arthritis and the joint as well as its impact for the rest of the body. I think that neglecting it and ignoring it is actually a bad idea. It may lead to more problems that you need to have.