Did you know that there are over 100 different types of arthritis? Did you know that arthritis affects the young as frequently as the old? According to the Arthritis Foundation, nearly two-thirds of individuals diagnosed with an arthritic condition are under 65 years of age! The most common types of arthritis diagnosed today include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA): this is a systemic or inflammatory type of arthritis that attacks the membranes that line a joint.
- Osteoarthritis (OA): the most common form. It’s progressive and degenerative, caused by destruction of joint cartilage that cushions the joints, most often caused by obesity, previous joint injury, and wear and tear.
- Juvenile arthritis: is classified as autoimmune and inflammatory type of arthritis that typically affects those under 16 years of age, but can be diagnosed in adults as well.