Types of Joint Arthritis
Arthritis generally arises from the breakdown of the cartilage that cushions the space between bones and allows ease of movement. There are an array of forms of arthritis, but the two most common types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by inflammation led by the body’s immune system. As an auto-immune disorder, it is not generally caused by any particular type of motion, however it can have similar effects as osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease. It occurs when cartilage breaks down, causing inflammation and pain when the bones “rub” together.
Treatment may include rest, ice or heat, steroid injections, anti-inflammatory medications, and more. However, for patients whose joint arthritis does not respond to these interventions, surgical treatment options may be considered.