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How do you get arthritis

By Anonymous September 14, 2017 - 2:35pm
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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing.

Are you talking about osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. This occurs when there is deterioration of the cartilage that lines the tops of your bones in the joint area. It tends to occur in the hands, neck, back, knees and hips.

Typical symptoms may be pain or tenderness in the affected joint. In the morning you might experience stiffness when you first get up for about 20 minutes, then as you move around the pain will subside.

You might lose full range of motion in the joint over time. Extra small bits of bone creating hard lumps in the area of the joint are called bone spurs.

There doesn't seem to be symmetry, or pain in the same joint on both sides of the body, because this type of arthritis is due to wear and tear on the particular joint.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and pain in the joints. In autoimmune diseases the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue cause damage, pain and swelling.

The damage usually starts in the lining of the smaller joints like the fingers and the toes, and can progress to larger joints like the ankles, knees, elbows, shoulders and hips. Over time if the inflammation is not controlled, it will cause deformity and alteration of function in that joint.

There usually seems to be pain in the same joint on both sides of the body. Since it is an inflammatory disease there can be periods of “flare ups” and remission.

Think about your symptoms to identify which type of arthritis is plaguing you or runs in your family history.

Also be aware that it is possible to have both types of arthritis in the same area. Or you might have different types of arthritis in your body. For example you might have osteoarthritis in your knee because of an old sports injury, and rheumatoid arthritis in your fingers.

The better you can describe your symptoms to your health care provider, the more options you will have for treatment and relief from pain.


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