Symptoms of Arthritis

Arthritis is a general term for more than 100 diseases that cause inflammation, pain, stiffness and swelling of joints. Learn more ›

What is Infectious Arthritis?

While rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are the more common types of arthritis, there are some instances when sudden onset of joint pain, swelling and redness is a worrisome situation. Septic arthritis, also known as infectious arthritis, can occur when a bacteria, virus, fungus or parasite takes hold inside a joint, a condition requiring immediate medical attention.

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Can Pain in the Neck be Neck Arthritis?

If you have ever noticed pain, stiffness, or grating sounds in your neck after a night at the movies, reading a book, or staring straight ahead to drive long distances, it may be that you have arthritis in your neck. Most people forget that the bones in the neck are also joints, which makes them prone to arthritis.

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Arthritis of the Knee

Millions of Americans visit the doctor each year for knee pain. Which shouldn’t be surprising since your knee is a key player in keeping us moving about. The knee is not only the largest joint in the body, it is an extremely complex joint with many structures, such as cartilage and ligaments that keep this hinge joint stable. The knee is also a major weight-bearing joint, which makes it particularly vulnerable to a variety of injuries and disabilities, including arthritis.

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Arthritis in Children

Arthritis is a disease that most people connect with older adults, but children can get it too. Juvenile arthritis (JA) occurs in children 16 years of age and younger. There are a few different types of arthritis children can get, including autoimmune joint diseases such as psoriatic arthritis, and inflammatory and infectious joint diseases. The most common type of arthritis in children, however, is juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), sometimes called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

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Types of Arthritis: Hip Arthritis

The rounded ball at the head of your leg bone should sit comfortably inside the socket in your pelvic bone. This ball-in-socket hip joint allows your leg to move in several directions so you can walk, stand or sit. This makes hip arthritis problematic, especially in advanced stages. Many people don’t immediately attribute a dull ache in the groin, thigh or buttocks to arthritis. But hip pain can be a sign of osteoarthritis, autoimmune diseases, and even some infections that require immediate medical attention.

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Types of Arthritis: Hand Arthritis

There are 19 bones in your hand, plus eight more bones in your wrist. All these bones and the joints between them allow you to perform countless fine motor movements. So when you have hand arthritis, the joint pain and swelling can keep you from doing even the simplest of daily activities. While most people are familiar with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, there are other types of arthritis that can affect the joints in the hand.

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Types of Arthritis: Finger Arthritis

Each of your fingers has three hinge joints that allow you to bend and straighten to perform any number of fine motor movements. So when arthritis strikes any one of your finger joints, it can make simple every day activities uncomfortable. Arthritis in the fingers often starts out as a dull ache. But as it progresses the joint can become enlarged, swollen and crooked. And you might be surprised to know that there are many different types of arthritis that affect the finger.

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Could Your Back Pain be Back and Spine Arthritis?

Your spine is an amazing system of bones, discs, muscles, ligaments, and nerves. It lets you stand, sit, bend, and twist. But much can go wrong in such a complicated structure. Back and spine arthritis is a leading cause of back pain. Fortunately, there are ways you can prevent or reduce back and neck pain and disability due to back and spine arthritis.

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First Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis

If you have ongoing mild aches and pain but are reluctant to mention them to your doctor, you may want to reconsider. Even mild joint pain and stiffness can be a signal that a joint disease is underway. While a variety of conditions can cause joint symptoms in both adults and children, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is one reality you might face. If this is the case for you, early diagnosis and treatment can prevent irreversible joint damage and disability.

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Arthritis accounts for 39 million doctor visits each year and more than 500,000 trips to the hospital.