Arthritis is understood by most people to be a general condition that causes painful, stiff joints. What most people don’t know is that there are many different types of arthritis, each with its own set of symptoms and treatments. Some forms can be extremely painful while other forms can go unnoticed for years.
As one of the most common diseases in this country, arthritis affects millions of adults worldwide. Elderly arthritis types include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout, and they are most common in older people.
What is arthritis?
By simple definition, arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints that is recurrent or chronic. The inflammation can negatively affect all parts of the joint, including the ligaments, cartilage, synovial fluid, and bone. The most common symptoms are pain and stiffness, but the severity and symptoms can vary across each type of arthritis. For some, pain is chronic and constant, while for others, it comes and goes.
The age when arthritis starts is variable. There are over 100 forms of arthritis, with the most common being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. So, what type of arthritis is most common in the elderly? It’s osteoarthritis – affecting approximately 50% of people aged 65 and over in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control.
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