A condition usually associated with age, arthritis is inflammation of the joints, causing stiffness, pain, swelling, and limited mobility. It’s a very common condition, and there are different types of arthritis. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Though age is the most likely cause of this condition, other factors to consider are sex (as women are more prone to arthritis), obesity, previous injury, and genetic predisposition.

Joints contain cartilage, a rubbery material that cushions the ends of the bones and facilitates movement. Over time or if the joint has been injured, the cartilage wears away and the bones of the joint start rubbing together. As bones rub together, bone spurs may form and the joint becomes stiff after long periods of activity or inactivity.

Some common types of arthritic conditions are:

  1. Osteoarthritis, which is the "wear and tear" arthritis, it is also called degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis.

  2. Rheumatoid arthritis, an inflammatory type of arthritis that happens when the body's immune system does not work properly.

  3. Gout, which is caused by crystals that collect in the joints.

  4. Psoriatic arthritis, a rheumatoid-like arthritic condition characterized by pain and swelling (inflammation) of the joints (arthritis) that occurs in association with gray discoloration or scaly plaques of the skin.

  5. Septic arthritis, also known as infectious arthritis or bacterial arthritis. The condition is inflammation of a joint that's caused by infection.

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Thankfully, there is a wide range of treatments available to combat arthritis. Get in touch with Comprehensive Pain Consultants of the Carolinas today and let’s explore your options to relief from arthritis pain!