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What is arthritis?

Did you know there are over 100 different types of arthritis?  

Arthritis is inflammation of the joints that can take several forms:  

  • Osteoarthritis is the most common type.  It is the "wear and tear" and breakdown of the cartilage within the joint.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that targets the lining of the joints. 
  • Gout arthritis is caused by too much uric acid in the blood and can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling of a joint. 
  • Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis that can affect people with psoriasis. 

Arthritis can also be caused by a prior injury, especially breaks in the bones of a joint, or it could have developed based on how your joints formed during childhood.  

Symptoms of arthritis can include:

  • Joint pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Decreased motion
  • Swelling in the joint
  • Difficulty with shoulder motion that impacts your ability to do activities that you enjoy, and routine activities such as bathing and dressing