Your Health: Most Common Varieties of Arthritis

While there are over a hundred different varieties of arthritis, most people suffer from just two. Dr. Jessica Short explains in this edition of Your Health.

Short says, "Arthritis is inflammation of the joint and it can occur at any age. There's over a hundred different types of arthritis. The two main types that people hear about are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and they are very different.

Osteoarthritis typically you think of it affecting older people so you also hear it called wear and tear arthritis and with it the symptoms don't usually come on all of a sudden it's usually more gradual. It can affect any joint but you usually think of it affecting the knees, the hips. It can affect the joints of the hand as well.  Swelling, soreness, and stiffness are all things that can go along with osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis generally affects younger people so you think of it 30 to anywhere to age 60.  It affects females more than males. It's an inflammatory arthritis so it's actually an auto immune disease and the stiffness is there but it usually lasts for over an hour and the soreness, the joint soreness typically doesn't just affect one joint it can affect multiple joints and affects joints of both sides so like both hands, both feet are affected. So as far as treatment, first of all you want to get diagnosed with the correct type of arthritis. I would say if you are younger than 40 and you start having symptoms of stiffness that lasts for a prolonged period of time and when I say prolonged like hours.  If you start having that or you start noticing, that you're feeling fatigued with joint pain because rheumatoid arthritis doesn't just affect joints it can affect your organs your internal organs. so if you start having more symptoms that are outside of just the joints and the joint s pain's out of the ordinary and your younger, you definitely want to be evaluated by you physician."

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