Types of Arthritis
There are many different types of arthritis but here are the two most common types…
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It can worsen in later life and also occur as a result of an injury. Osteoarthritis affects the smooth cartilage lining of the joint, making movement difficult, leading to pain and stiffness. The cartilage lining thins out, so tendons and ligaments have to work much harder. In severe cases it can leave bone rubbing on bone; altering the shape of the joint and forcing bones out of their normal position. The most commonly affected areas are hands, spine, knees and hips.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is less common than osteoarthritis and often begins between the ages of 30 and 50, again worsening in later life. In rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s immune system targets affected joints, causing swelling and pain.