The Different Types of Arthritis

Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint accompanied by pain and stiffness. Arthritis appears in different forms, and the causes vary by type. Although symptoms and causes may differ, the impact is often lifelong and debilitating. With over than 100 different forms of arthritis and similar diseases, it’s easy to confuse some types of arthritis and difficult to determine what treatments are necessary.  At Minnesota Arthritis Center, our arthritis specialists will begin by finding the primary source of pain then create a customized treatment plan.

Arthritis is broken down into three main categories, including:

  • Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It’s typically known as the “wear and tear” condition. It can be a result of age, obesity, or joint injury.  Osteoarthritis commonly affects the weight-bearing joints, such as knees, hips, feet, and spine. Warning signs of osteoarthritis include stiffness, swelling, or tenderness, crunching feeling.

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

Unlike the wear and tear damage done by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that attacks the body’s joints. Roughly 1 out of every 5 people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis gets hard bumps of tissue under the skin.

  • Juvenile Arthritis

Juvenile arthritis is an autoimmune disorder occurring in children younger than 18. Most forms of juvenile arthritis are autoimmune disorder, which means the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues. Although the cause of arthritis developing at such an early age is unknown, several doctors believe genetics may play a role. Symptoms include swelling, pain, and stiffness.

If you are suffering from arthritis and are searching for a non-surgical solution, Minnesota Arthritis Center can help you.