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Arthritis

Arthritis is also referred to as joint inflammation. Inflammation is a natural reaction of your body to disease or injury. It is characterized by swelling, pain, and stiffness. Inflammation that lasts a long time or returns, such as in arthritis, can cause tissue damage.

What are the types of arthritis?

The common type of arthritis are:

  • Osteoarthritis

This is the most typical type of arthritis. It wears away the cartilage on the ends of your bones. As a result, the bones rub against each other. You may experience pain in your fingers, knees, or hips.

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

This chronic condition can affect every joint in the body, although it most commonly affects the hands, wrists, and knees. It is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system, the body’s natural defense against disease mistakenly attacks the joints causing the joint lining to swell.

  • Gout

Gout is a painful condition caused by the body’s inability to eliminate uric acid. Excess uric acid in the joints generates needle-like crystals that cause significant inflammation, swelling, and pain.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Different types of arthritis cause different symptoms, which might differ in severity from one individual to another. Outside of the joint, osteoarthritis usually has no symptoms. Fatigue, fever, a rash, and joint inflammation are all possible symptoms of various kinds of arthritis, including:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Redness
  • Warmth
  • Joint deformity

What Causes Arthritis?

There are several factors that may contribute to your risk for arthritis, including:

  • Age
  • Sex
  • Genes
  • Excess Weight
  • Injuries
  • Infections
  • Physical Exertion

How Is Arthritis Treated?

Medical Office of Katy aims to treat arthritis to relieve pain, improve joint mobility and strength, and keep the condition under control as much as feasible. Your doctor may prescribe a variety of treatments to help you manage pain, avoid joint injury, and reduce inflammation.