Arthritis

Arthritis

Arthritis is a term used to cover several different conditions which all cause pain and inflammation in the joints. The two most common types of arthritis are Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, there are a number of other types of Arthritis which affect specific joints or areas of the body. Arthritis can even be as a result of another condition.

Arthritis can develop at any age although those with a family history of the condition are more likely to develop it at some point in their life.

Some differences between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis are that OA will usually affect the cartilage of the joint first, which leads to pain and stiffness in the joint. Rheumatoid Arthritis on the other hand, is the body’s immune system targeting the joints leading to swelling and pain.

Knee Osteoarthritis

What is Knee Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis of the knee is a very common condition. The main symptoms of osteoarthritis are pain, swelling and stiffness in the knee. These symptoms can come on gradually over time and are caused by wear and tear changes occurring in the cartilage that lines the knee joint. The cartilage gradually wears away leaving bone rubbing against bone and can lead the knee to become extremely sore and sometimes deformed.

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Elbow Arthritis

What is Elbow Arthritis? There are 2 types of arthritis that can affect the elbow – osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Both of these will cause the elbow to become stiff and painful. Doing repetitive activities or pushing through the elbow will be sore and the joint will ache if it is not moved very often.

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