Arthritis Treatment

Patient Education

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic, systemic, inflammatory disorder that may affect many tissues and organs but primarily attacks joints. It leads to warmth, decreased range of motion, swelling and pain around joints. In the U.S an estimated 1.3 million people have RA with women affected more frequently than men.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is also called degenerative joint disease. It is the most common form of arthritis and occurs when the cartilage in your joints wears down over time. This can lead to pain, stiffness, swelling and difficulty using joints. It can affect any joint but it occurs most often in the knees, hips, back, neck, small joints of the fingers and bases of the thumbs. Nearly 27 million people in the U.S. have OA.

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a condition that causes pain and swelling in the joints in people with psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease characterized by a dry, scaly, itchy rash. Only 10-30% of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Systemic lupus Erythematosus (SLE or lupus) is a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect the skin, joints, blood, kidneys and other parts of the body. In lupus, the immune system produces antibodies that attack the body’s own tissues.

Sjogren's Syndrome

Sjogren’s syndrome is an inflammatory autoimmune disease that causes dryness, especially of the eyes and mouth. It can also cause problems in other parts of the body leading to inflammation of the joints, lungs, kidneys, liver, nerves and skin.

Scleroderma

Scleroderma means “hard skin”. It is a condition that causes the skin to get tight and harden, and may affect internal organs. It affects women more often than men. There are two types: localized and systemic.

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of arthritis that primarily affects the spine. The joints and ligaments along the spine become inflamed and cause pain and stiffness. It is a chronic disease and the severity of symptoms and disability varies from person to person.

Gout

Gout is a form of arthritis that causes sudden, severe episodes of pain, tenderness, redness, warmth and swelling of joints. It usually affects one joint at a time but can become chronic and affect several joints. The most common joint that is affected is the large joint of the big toe.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a condition associated with widespread chronic pain, fatigue, memory problems and mood changes. It occurs more commonly in women than men and affects 2-4% of the U.S. population. It does not lead to muscle or joint damage.

Vasculitis

A diverse group of disorders characterized by blood vessel inflammation. Both arteries and veins may be affected.

Online Medical Resources

American College of Rheumatology
The Arthritis Foundation
Lupus Foundation
WebMD
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