There are many types of arthritis, or joint disease, but most cases fall under the following:
Osteoarthritis is by far the most common form of arthritis and is defined by the degeneration of the cartilage in between your bones, causing them to rub together painfully.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a malfunction in your immune system that causes it to attack your joints, causing them to erode. This type of arthritis can damage other parts of your body, such as your internal organs or eyes.
Infectious arthritis occurs when a virus or fungus enters your joints, causing them to become inflamed. This type of infection has been tied to food poisoning, sexually transmitted diseases, and hepatitis C.
Metabolic arthritis, or gout, occurs when you have high levels of uric acid that builds up and forms painful needle-like crystals in your joints.
The most common symptoms for arthritis include the following problems, which mainly affect your joints:
These symptoms vary in severity and progression -- you may feel mild symptoms from time to time for years, or you may experience moderate to severe symptoms that grow progressively worse over time.
In severe cases, arthritis can result in chronic pain and disability, and cause permanent changes in your joints. You may be able to detect these changes on the outside, such as knobby fingers, but often the changes are only seen after you’ve had X-rays taken.
Arthritis is treated in a variety of ways and treatment largely depends on which type you have. When it comes to osteoarthritis, you can do a lot to prevent or slow its progress, such as:
For rheumatoid arthritis, the treatment is far more aggressive in order to stop its progression and involves what are known as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs. If you have infectious arthritis, the doctor will treat the infection, which should clear up your symptoms.
The first step in treatment is setting up an appointment with Dr. Ahad-Daman so that he can diagnose the problem and recommend treatment.
Dr. Ahad-Daman accepts most major insurance providers. Please contact your insurance provider directly for any coverage-related questions.
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