The Ten Most Common Types of Arthritis

The Ten Most Common Types of Arthritis

Debra Murray

There are many kinds of arthritis that a person can develop. So it is important to know the signs and symptoms of each one to look for. Read on for a list of ten of the most common forms of arthritis and how their symptoms can be relieved by BLUESPRING natural pain relief products. 

 

Osteoarthritis 

 

Osteoarthritis is caused by the slow degradation of the cartilage that cushions the bones. This type of arthritis most commonly affects the hands, hips, spine, and knees. It can cause bone spurs to form, and each area with cartilage loss will be in a lot of pain. 

 

Psoriatic Arthritis 

 

People who have psoriasis are more at risk for getting this disease. The joints develop inflammation and pain because the immune system is overactive. It can be mistaken for other diseases with similar symptoms, such as gout. 

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis 

 

This disease causes the immune system to not work properly, so it will begin to attack healthy tissue in the joints. Getting the inflammation that it causes under control is crucial because it damages the joints of the body to the point that they become disfigured. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the hands the most and is more common in women than men. 

 

Infectious Arthritis 

 

This is a dangerous type of arthritis because it can cause so much damage. Sometimes, it is also called “septic arthritis" because it spreads so rapidly through the body. It can start from any wound that gets infected. 

 

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis 

 

Usually, rheumatoid arthritis is more common in older adults. Unfortunately, children can get it too. Their joints become inflamed, swollen, and stiff, which can affect their growth into puberty. The condition may last for several months before going away, or it could persist for years. 

 

Reactive Arthritis 

 

This type of arthritis sometimes goes by the name “Reiter's syndrome.” It begins when an organ or other part of the body becomes inflamed. The inflammation spreads to the rest of the body. The joints, urethra, and intestines suffer the most damage from it.  

 

Ankylosing Spondylitis 

 

This disease affects the spine. It causes the vertebrae to fuse together, so any type of movement becomes very difficult, especially breathing. The body has to bend to allow the lungs to expand. If it can't do that, inhalation of air becomes impossible. Ankylosing spondylitis begins in early adulthood. It is rare in older adults. 

 

Cervical Arthritis 

 

Only the neck is affected with this type of disease. It becomes inflamed, swollen, and painful to the touch. Cervical arthritis causes a person to have terrible headaches. Their balance is uncoordinated too.  

 

Gout 

 

When uric acid builds up in the joints, it crystallizes, which causes pain and inflammation. Symptoms of Gout include the big toe becoming swollen and purple to the point of splitting the skin. Walking becomes difficult because of it. Sometimes, it comes on as an attack before fading away. Other times, it causes unbearable pain for years at a time. 

 

Fibromyalgia 

 

While not always considered to be a form of arthritis by doctors, this disease does cause inflammation and swelling in the joints. It happens when the body's nerves become oversensitive, and they don't function the way that they are supposed to. 

 

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