Each year, May is recognized as National Arthritis Awareness Month. Nearly 1 in 5 adults are affected by arthritis in the United States. Arthritis is also the nation’s top cause of disability, having a profound economic, personal and societal impact in the United States.
Types of Arthritis
Arthritis is the inflammation or swelling of one or more joints. Several types of conditions affect the joints, and symptoms often vary depending on the type of arthritis. The most common types of arthritis include:
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis that occurs when the cartilage at the end of the joint wears down, causing bone to rub against bone. Osteoarthritis occurs most frequently in the hands, hips and knees. The most common signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain or aching, joint stiffness, decreased range of motion and swelling.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease that causes joint inflammation and pain. RA occurs when the immune system doesn’t work properly and attacks the lining of the joints. RA most commonly affects the hands, knees or ankles.
Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the joints and where tendons and ligaments connect to bone. This disease can start at any age, although for many people, it appears between ages 30 and 50.
Psoriatic arthritis causes the following symptoms:
- Tenderness, pain and swelling over tendons
- Swollen fingers and toes
- Reduced range of motion
- Morning stiffness and tiredness
Stiff and achy joints can make it challenging to get through the day. Before considering surgery, there are many conservative options that may provide significant relief.
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