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Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of joint disorder and one of many types of Arthritis.

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Arthritis is defined as inflammation of one or more joints. There are over 100 different types of Arthritis.

Arthritis involves the breakdown of cartilage. Cartilage normally protects a joint, allowing it to move smoothly. Cartilage also absorbs shock when pressure is placed on the joint, such as when you walk. Without the normal amount of cartilage, the bones rub together, causing pain, swelling (inflammation), and stiffness.

Joint Inflammation

  • An Autoimmune Disease (the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue)
  • Broken Bone
  • General "wear and tear" on joints
  • Infection, usually by bacteria or virus

Usually the joint inflammation goes away after the cause goes away or is treated. Sometimes it does not. When this happens, you have chronic arthritis. Arthritis may occur in men or women.

Symptoms Of Arthritis

For more information about Arthritis, including prevention, types of treatment, prognosis and prevention visit the Owensboro Health Online Health Encyclopedia.

You Should See A Doctor About Arthritis When:

  • Your joint pain persists beyond 3 days
  • You have severe unexplained joint pain
  • The affected joint is significantly swollen
  • You have a hard time moving the joint
  • Your skin around the joint is red or hot to the touch
  • You have a fever or have lost weight unintentionally

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