Arthritis Types

Aliya Khan By Aliya Khan, 19th Jul 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Arthritis has become a common disease found among adults & children. It includes different types of inflammatory and non-inflammatory joint diseases such as osteoarthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, infectious arthritis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis arthritis

Osteoarthritis also known as degenerative joint disease refers to pain and swelling resulting from progressive loss of cartilage in the joints. This is the most found arthritis affecting around 26 million adults in the US alone, especially the elderly people. It is commonly called the wear and tear arthritis as the protective cartilage cushioning the bone ends within joints, wears away gradually. Any joint in the body is prone to this type, but common are the weight-bearing joints especially the knees, hips and spine. Fingers and any joint with previous injury from accident, infection or inflammation can also be affected. Overweight can also contribute to early occurrence of joint problems, especially in the knee. Osteoarthritis is more common with aged people.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis commonly affects between ages 30 and 50. It may also occur at any age. Women are the most affected than men by this type of arthritis. Nearly more than 1 million Americans are affected by this type. Possible symptoms are inflammation, swelling, pain in hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, knees and feet. People affected by this type of arthritis experience fatigue and sleeplessness. Lungs, nerves, eyes, skin and other parts of the body might be damaged. With passage of time, pain increases and is more severe on awakening. It forms the second most found type after Osteoarthritis. Sometimes, shape of parts of the body changes and bones get damaged. Early treatment can give relief to the patients affected by Rheumatoid as complete cure to this ailment is still not known.

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis as the name depicts is affected in children. This type of arthritis is characterized by daily fevers and low blood counts (anemia). Heart, lungs, eyes, nervous system can also be affected. Treatment is emphasized on physical therapy and exercise. Medical innovations have helped to overcome this type of arthritis issues. This disease is not contagious and does not spread from one person to another person. Rheumatoid arthritis may also develop in people with genetic or inherited history.

Infectious arthritis

Infectious arthritis affects arm and leg joints as well as the fingers and toes. It is primarily caused by bacteria or viral infection of the joints. People who are suffering from diseases like tuberculosis, staph infection may be able to contract this type of diseases. Injury can also lead to this type of arthritis. This disease is not common as it gets hid by other diseases such as the ones mentioned above. Treatment in time is necessary as it can result in permanent joint damage.

Diagnosis of arthritis

Diagnosis of arthritis is based on the pattern of symptoms, proper timely examination, medical history, family history. If not treated on time, it may cause permanent damage. It is advisable to consult a doctor if any of the symptoms are seen in a person. It is better to get relief today than to suffer later.

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author avatar Denise O
19th Jul 2011 (#)

Good info. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar vpaulose
20th Jul 2011 (#)

Good info. Thank you my dear Aliya.

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