Arthritis

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints, causing pain and stiffness that can worsen with age. Dr. Edward Hill discusses arthritis in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis causes cartilage to break down. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that first targets the lining of joints.

Uric acid crystals, infections or underlying disease, such as psoriasis or lupus, can cause other types of arthritis.

Depending on the type of arthritis you have, your signs and symptoms may include:

Pain

Stiffness

Swelling

Redness, and

Decreased range of motion

Severe arthritis, particularly if it affects your hands or arms, can make it difficult for you to do daily tasks. Arthritis of weight-bearing joints can keep you from walking comfortably or sitting up straight. In some cases, joints may become twisted and deformed.

Arthritis treatment focuses on relieving symptoms and improving joint function. You may need to try several different treatments before you determine what works best for you.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.