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Types of Arthritis | PERSONALIZED CAUSE
A - C Arthritis Awareness Ribbons
Adult-Onset Still’s Disease Awareness Ribbons
Ankylosing Spondylitis Awareness Ribbons
Back Pain Awareness Ribbons
Behçet's Disease Awareness Ribbons
Bursitis Awareness Ribbons
Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease (CPPD) Awareness Ribbons
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Awareness Ribbons
Chondromalacia Patella Awareness Ribbons
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Ribbons
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Awareness Ribbons
Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes (CAPS) Awareness Ribbons
D - K Arthritis Awareness Ribbons
Degenerative Disc Disease
Developmental-Dysplasia of Hip
Familial Mediterranean Fever
Giant Cell Arteritis
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JD)
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)
L - Q Arthritis
Lupus in Children & Teens
Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
Myositis (inc. Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis)
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Pediatric Rheumatic Diseases
R - S Arthritis
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in Children & Teens
T - Z Arthritis
Source: Arthritis Foundation
Arthritis is very common but arthritis is not well understood. Arthritis is not a single disease, but instead an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis, as it is prevalent in people of all ages, sexes and races. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the world. It is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older.
Arthritis symptoms typically include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Symptoms may come and go and vary in intensity. Sometimes symptoms may stay about the same for years. In other situations, symptoms may progress or get worse over time. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities of daily living and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs. Arthritis can also cause permanent joint changes. Changes may be visible, such as knobby finger joints, but often the damage can only be seen on X-ray.
There are several different types of arthritis. They are:
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. When the cartilage – the slick, cushioning surface on the ends of bones – wears away, bone rubs against bone, causing pain, swelling and stiffness. Over time, joints can lose strength and pain may become chronic.
A healthy immune system is protective. It generates internal inflammation to get rid of infection and prevent disease. But the immune system can go awry, mistakenly attacking the joints with uncontrolled inflammation, potentially causing joint erosion. Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are examples of inflammatory arthritis. Researchers believe that a combination of genetics and environmental factors can trigger an autoimmune response.
With autoimmune and inflammatory types of arthritis, early diagnosis and aggressive treatment is critical. Slowing disease activity can help minimize or even prevent permanent joint damage. Remission is the goal and may be achieved through the use of one or more medications known as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). The goal of treatment is to reduce pain, improve function, and prevent further joint damage.
A bacterium, virus or fungus can enter the joint and trigger inflammation. Examples of organisms that can infect joints are salmonella and shigella (food poisoning or contamination), chlamydia and gonorrhea (sexually transmitted diseases) and hepatitis C (a blood-to-blood infection, often through shared needles or transfusions). In many cases, timely treatment with antibiotics may clear the joint infection, but sometimes the arthritis becomes chronic.
Uric acid is formed as the body breaks down purines, a substance found in human cells and in many foods. Some people have high levels of uric acid because they naturally produce more than is needed or the body can’t get rid of the uric acid quickly enough. In some people the uric acid builds up and forms needle-like crystals in the joint, resulting in sudden spikes of extreme joint pain, or a gout attack. Gout can come and go in episodes or, if uric acid levels aren’t reduced, it can become chronic, causing ongoing pain and disability.