There are over 100 different types of arthritis that can affect your bones. Here you can find a brief overview of some of the most common arthritis types that affect individuals.
Also known as Degenerative Joint Disease, it primarily affects the joint cartilage, especially affects the weight-bearing joints such as knees, ankles and feet.
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A systemic inflammatory disease affecting the lining of the joints (synovium), typically affects more that one joint in a symmetrical pattern. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease and affects about 1% of the United States population.
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Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis is the most common form of arthritis in children. It involves abnormalities of the immune system and can cause altered growth, joint damage and joint inflammation.
Ankylosing Spondylitis primarily affects the spine and causes stiffness. Heal pain is a common complaint because of the characteristic lesion that forms on the heal, calcaneal spurs. It usually affects men between the ages of 16 and 35.
Gout results after a build up of uric acid, which forms sodium urate crystals that deposit in the joints and cause inflammation. Gout occurs in foot joints and usually affects men over the age of 40. Women usually develop Gout after menopause.
A chronic disease characterized by inflammation of the skin and joints, Psoriatic Arthritis usually develops in Caucasian, males and females between the ages of 40 and 60.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body. Signs and symptoms of Lupus tend to last longer that six weeks and often for many years. With Sustemic Lupus Erythematosus, the body attacks its own healthy cells and tissues.
By Dr. Steven Harwin