Common Forms of Arthritis

Arthritis describes more than 100 diseases and conditions affecting joints and tissues. The 5 most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.

Osteoarthritis affects 27 million US adults and it occurs when cartilage breaks down and wears away resulting in “bone on bone”. Fibromyalgia affects 5 million US adults. It makes you feel tired and causes tender points throughout the body. Gout affects 3 million US adults and occurs when there is a build-up of uric acid causing hard deposits to form in the joints. Rheumatoid Arthritis affects 1.3 million US adults and is triggered when the immune system begins to attack joints. Lupus affects up to 322,000 US adults and is also triggered by the immune system attacking healthy cells and tissues causing joint and organ damage.

Signs of arthritis include pain, aching, stiffness, and swelling. Common locations include: Osteoarthrits- hands, knees, or hips; Fibromyalgia- neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, or legs; Gout-big toe, insteps, ankles, heels, knees, wrists, fingers, or elbows; Rheumatoid Arthritis-wrists, fingers, and other body parts; Lupus-joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and brain.

Prevention and treatment include regular physical activity and a proper diet while maintaining a healthy body weight. Pay attention to your body and talk to your doctor or a healthcare professional about any concerns.

See the attached article for a breakdown of the 5 most common forms of arthritis. The Five Most Common Forms of Arthritis

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