According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 50 million adults and 300,000 kids in the U.S. have some type of arthritis, making it the country’s leading cause of disability. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, the umbrella term for joint disease or pain in which symptoms range from swelling and stiffness to chronic pain and reduced mobility. But, one of the most serious is rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that can cause serious damage to your body. The body turns on itself, attacking it with inflammation that damages the lining of joints, and in some cases, the skin, eyes, internal organs, and other parts of the body. Slowing the disease is critical to preventing or minimizing permanent damage.
The second most common type of arthritis is Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a result of the smooth cartilage joint surface wearing out and typically begins with an isolated joint, but it can also be a result of inflammation. Known as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease, Osteoarthritis may result in pain, muscle stiffness and weakness, swelling, deformed joints and a reduced range of motion.
Physiotherapy and medication can help slow the progression and help relieve some of the pain associated with any arthritis, but the inflammation can cause serious damage to your bones and joint deformity over time. You could spend the rest of your life taking drugs and dealing with terrible side effects as there is no cure for arthritis.