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Archive for September 27th, 2011

What is arthritis?

September 27, 2011
Knee Arthritis

Knee Arthritis

Joint pain is a major complaint of people who suffer from arthritis.  Arthritis is when one or more of your joints become inflamed.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis.  This is wear-and-tear arthritis, usually taking years to develop.  It is the mechanical break down of cartilage in your joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis may affect more than joints.  Rheumatoid can also attack tissues and organs.  This type of arthritis has to do with your immune system, and the way your body produces and removes cartilage cells.

Psoriatic Arthritis usually is found in patients with psoriasis.  Often the arthritis and the skin condition get worse or better at the same time.  Pitting in the finger and toe nails is common.

It is important that your joint pain symptoms be properly diagnosed.  With so many different kinds of arthritis it is imperative that you know exactly what you are dealing with.  There are many treatment options available to relieve your knee pain.  Make sure you choose the right one for you.