The Different Types of Arthritis

Arthritis comes in several different ways. Regardless of the type, arthritis can be a debilitating, life-changing condition. With more 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.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. If you suffer from osteoarthritis, the protective cartilage and fluid inside the joint begin to break down due to wear and tear. The most common symptoms that accompany osteoarthritis include stiffness and inflammation. This type of arthritis can be caused by injury, overuse, extra weight, or genes. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in your body. However, the condition is most commonly seen in hands, knees, spine, and hips.  Although no cure exists, our medical professionals at Arthritis Care of Texas can develop a customized treatment plan for your knee osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Unlike the wear and tear damage done by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of joints, causing pain, swelling, and bone corrosion. The condition is triggered by a poor immune system and affects small joints in feet and hands. Symptoms include warm tender joints, stiffness, hard bumps of tissue under the skin, and fatigue. Although this chronic illness is life-changing, there are ways to improve your health. The goal for rheumatoid arthritis treatment is to lessen symptoms and improve the function of your joints.

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis typically occurs in people who have psoriasis. Joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation are the main symptoms. Although causes are unknown, genetics may play a role. In addition, psoriatic arthritis may be a result from an infection that aggravates the immune system. In order to prevent joint damage, early diagnosis is essential.

At Arthritis Care of Texas, our specialists create customized treatment plans to address your discomfort and achieve wellness goals. Contact us today at (469) 399-5673 for a free consultation.