Arthritis is a prevalent condition that can affect people of all ages. It can cause significant pain, stiffness, and limited mobility, making everyday tasks challenging. Understanding the different types of arthritis is crucial in managing the symptoms and getting the proper treatment. If you are experiencing joint pain, stiffness, or swelling, you must see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. You can manage the symptoms and improve your quality of life with the proper treatment and self-care. 

Osteoarthritis

This is the most common type of arthritis, usually developing with age. It occurs when the cartilage that cushions the joints starts to wear down, causing the bones to rub against each other. It can happen in any joint but usually affects the hips, knees, and hands. Symptoms include pain, stiffness, and limited mobility. 

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

A Woman Experiencing Pain In Her Right Wrist Due To Rheumatoid Arthritis.

RA is an autoimmune disorder in which the body's immune system attacks the joints, causing inflammation and damage to the surrounding tissues. It can affect any joint in the body and tends to be symmetrical. Symptoms include pain, stiffness, fatigue, and flu-like symptoms. 

A Woman Experiencing Pain In Her Right Wrist Due To Rheumatoid Arthritis.
A Child Suffering From Knee Pain Due To Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

Childhood Arthritis

A Child Suffering From Knee Pain Due To Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

Also known as juvenile idiopathic arthritis, this type of arthritis affects children aged 16 or younger. It can cause joint pain, stiffness, swelling, fever, rash, and eye inflammation. The cause is unknown, but it is believed to be related to genetics and environmental factors. 

Fibromyalgia

A woman holding the back of her neck with her hands due to severe pain caused by fibromyalgia.

Although not technically a type of arthritis, fibromyalgia is a condition that is often associated with arthritis. It causes widespread pain, fatigue, and tenderness in the muscles, joints, and soft tissues. It can also cause sleep disturbances, headaches, and irritable bowel syndrome. 

A woman holding the back of her neck with her hands due to severe pain caused by fibromyalgia.

Gout

Gout is a form of arthritis caused by a build-up of uric acid crystals in the joints. It usually affects the big toe but can also affect other joints, such as the ankle, knee, and wrist. Symptoms include sudden and intense pain, swelling, and joint redness.

Lupus

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks various body parts, including the joints. It can cause joint pain, stiffness, swelling, fatigue, fever, skin rash, and kidney problems. 

Why Choose Orthopedic Specialists

At Orthopedic Specialists, we understand the impact that arthritis can have on your daily life, causing pain, stiffness, and limitations in mobility. Our team of experienced specialists is dedicated to providing comprehensive and personalized arthritis treatments tailored to your specific needs. We stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in arthritis management, offering a range of treatment options, including medication, physical therapy, injections, and surgical interventions if necessary. With our compassionate approach and commitment to improving your quality of life, you can trust us to provide exceptional care and support throughout your arthritis treatment journey.

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