Comprehending The Various Types Of Arthritis
Author: Brent McNutt
Until and unless you are diagnosed having a distinct type of arthritis, you might not realize that you will find several diverse sorts of arthritis that could affect you or someone that you love. Let’s take a look at the various sorts of arthritis that we are aware of.
Osteoarthritis – This is the most common type of arthritis, and many older people have this to some degree. Osteoarthritis happens when cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones – where the joints are – starts to wear down. The more the cartilage wears down, the more pain and swelling you will have in that joint.
Rheumatoid Arthritis – Rheumatoid is the second most common form of arthritis. This is actually an autoimmune disease, wherein your cells are actually attacking numerous joints, as well as soft tissues. It can occur whether there has been wear and tear of the cartilage of the joints or not, and age is not a factor, however when it occurs in a young person, it is called Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Gouty Arthritis – If you have a great deal of pain and swelling either in your largest toe, or in your knee, you could be suffering from this type of arthritis. This occurs because there is an accumulation of urate crystals in the joint. This type of arthritis can be treated with medication and a special diet.
Lupus Arthritis – Lupus is an autoimmune disease, but Lupus Arthritis is actually just a side affect of Lupus, and not considered an autoimmune disease itself. Typically, this type of arthritis will occur in the wrists, knees, and hands.
Pseudogout Arthritis – Similar to Gout Arthritis, Pseudogout Arthritis is actually caused by an accumulation of calcium in the joints. The most common joint that is affected by Pseudogout Arthritis is the knee joint.
Infectious Arthritis – This is essentially caused by an infection in the joint. Due to the infection, the joint becomes inflamed. This may also be referred to as Septic Arthritis or Bacterial Arthritis, and it can be very serious. The end result of this type of arthritis is that the infection must be treated, of course, but you may also require surgery to have the infection completely removed from the joint as well.
Hemorrhagic Arthritis – This type of arthritis is actually caused by bleeding in the joint. The blood essentially accumulates, causing pain and swelling. Normally, if you have this type of arthritis, it is because you have a bleeding disorder as well.