What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a disease of the joint. In literal terms arthritis means “inflammation of a joint.” A joint is where the ends of two or more bones meet. For example, the knee joint is formed between the bones of the lower leg (tibia and fibula) and the thighbone (femur). The hip joint, the top of the thighbone (femoral head) meets a concave portion or socket of the pelvis (acetabulum).
Two major categories of arthritis
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Wear and Tear or Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis, is the most common type of arthritis. It is caused by wear and tear on the articular cartilage, overuse, trauma, or the degeneration of the joint cartilage due to the aging processes. Mostly found in the weight bearing joints of the body such as the Hip, Knee and spine. Joints used extensively for work or sports or joint damaged from fractures or other injuries can show signs of osteoarthritis. Overload of the articular cartilage may lead to osteoarthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis can affect many parts of the body, but mostly the joints. The body’s immune system, which normally protects the body, begins to produce substances that attack the body. With rheumatoid arthritis, the joint lining swells, invading surrounding tissues. Chemical substances are produced attacking and destroying the joint surface. Over time, the persistent inflammation breaks down the joint and damages it permanently.
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
Whether the cause is from injury, wear and tear or disease, the joint becomes inflamed, causing swelling, pain and stiffness. This is usually temporary. Inflammation is one of the body’s normal reactions to injury or disease. In arthritic joints, however, inflammation may cause long-lasting or permanent disability.
There are more than 100 different forms of arthritis so it is important to be properly diagnosed.
If you are suffering from arthritis Kennewick WA schedule and appointment with TCO today.