Arthritis refers to more than 100 different conditions that cause pain and inflammation in your joints. The two most common forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Although it can impact any joint in your body, it’s most common in the:
The symptoms of arthritis vary depending on the type you have, but they all have some things in common, including joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and limited range of motion.
These symptoms may come and go, and at times may be more or less severe. In most cases, the symptoms of arthritis get worse over time. The disease can become debilitating and cause permanent joint damage.
Along with joint pain, some types of arthritis can impact your skin, heart, eyes, lungs, and kidneys.
Different factors cause different types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis, the most common form, is often the result of aging and causes the cartilage in your joints to break down. That leads to painful bone-on-bone friction.
Rheumatoid arthritis develops as an autoimmune condition that targets the lining of your joints, causing uncontrolled inflammation. When this persists, it erodes your joints and can even lead to disfigurement.
Other types of arthritis can be caused by:
Arthritis is a chronic condition and doesn’t have a cure, but Dr. Souidi can help reduce your symptoms and increase functioning.
He recommends regular physical activity to keep joints mobile and reduce pain. Water exercises and yoga are easy on your joints and offer a wide range of benefits. If you’re obese, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight reduces stress on your joints and can eliminate some arthritis pain. It can also slow the progression of the disease, especially in the knees.
Dr. Souidi may also suggest specific medications to manage symptoms and prevent further damage. Some of these include:
If pain and stiffness in your joints interfere with your life, don’t ignore it. The sooner you seek treatment, the better your outcome. Call Dr. Souidi’s office today or book your appointment online.