If you feel pain and stiffness in your body or have trouble moving around, you might have arthritis. Most kinds of arthritis cause pain and swelling in your joints. Joints are places where two bones meet, such as your elbow or knee. Over time, a swollen joint can become severely damaged. Some kinds of arthritis can also cause problems in your organs, such as your eyes or skin.
Types of arthritis include:
• Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It’s often related to aging or to an injury.
• Autoimmune arthritis happens when your body’s immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of this kind of arthritis.
• Juvenile arthritis is a type of arthritis that happens in children.
• Infectious arthritis is an infection that has spread from another part of the body to the joint.
• Psoriatic arthritis affects people with psoriasis.
• Gout is a painful type of arthritis that happens when too much uric acid builds up in the body. It often starts in the big toe.
NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
• Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
• Arthritis: Frequently Asked Questions (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Diagnosis and Tests
Treatments and Therapies
• Arthritis Pain: Treatments Absorbed through Your Skin(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) Also in Spanish
• Painful Joints? Early Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis Is Key (National Institutes of Health) Also in Spanish
• Arthritis (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
• Employees with Arthritis (Office of Disability Employment Policy)
• Adult Still’s Disease (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
• Arthritis of the Hand (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)
• Arthritis of the Shoulder (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)
• Arthritis of the Thumb (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)
• Arthritis of the Wrist (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)
• Inflammatory Arthritis of the Hip (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)
• MCP Joint Arthritis (American Society for Surgery of the Hand)
• Overview of Enteropathic Arthritis / Arthritis Associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Spondylitis Association of America)
• Blau syndrome: MedlinePlus Genetics (National Library of Medicine)
Statistics and Research
• Arthritis by the Numbers: Book of Trusted Facts and Figures (Arthritis Foundation) – PDF
• Arthritis: Data and Statistics (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
• FastStats: Arthritis (National Center for Health Statistics)
• ClinicalTrials.gov: Arthritis (National Institutes of Health)
References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
• Arthritis Glossary (Boston University)
Find an Expert
• Arthritis Foundation: Local Office Directory (Arthritis Foundation)
• Find a Rheumatologist (American College of Rheumatology)
The information on this site should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care or advice. Contact a health care provider if you have questions about your health.
Original Article – https://medlineplus.gov/arthritis.html