Arthritis is a joint condition. It is the result of the joints becoming inflamed. This inflammation can cause mobility issues and pain. It can significantly affect the quality of life of those who suffer from it.
Two Types of Arthritis
There are two types of arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and OsteoArthritis (OA). Understanding the differences can help you get the right treatment.
This type of arthritis is symmetrical, meaning the inflammation occurs on both sides of the body simultaneously. For instance, both wrists may be suffering from it at the same time.
Symptoms of RA include:
- Stiffness after prolonged inactivity
RA is an immune dependent condition, as in the reason the inflammation occurs is due to the immune system believing there is a threat of some sort and causes inflammation to protect the body.
In severe cases where the condition is not treated, joint erosion may occur along with damage to internal organs.
This type of arthritis occurs in the knees, hips and spine where the most weight from the body lies. Some people may suffer from it in their fingers, elbows, wrists, and ankles.
OA is a degenerative joint disease because it happens due to overuse of the body. For instance, athletes and those who have highly active jobs are more at risk of developing OA.
Unlike RA, this type of arthritis doesn’t have the serious consequences of eroding joints and internal organ damage. It can cause deformities, though. For example, a person may end up with knees that curve outward like a bow.request an appointment