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RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, OSTEOARTHRITIS, ARTHRITIS AND BACK PAIN...

Posted Aug 27 2010 3:27am

Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Arthritis and back pain...

In case, like me you sometimes get a bit mixed up with these conditions I thought I would give you the details on each one.

RHEUMATOID arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the bodies immune system attacks joints, which causes pain swelling and inflammation of them. It usually develops in your 30's and 40's but the disease may start at any age and can even develop in children (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis or Still's disease), and women are affected three times more often than men.

Rheumatoid arthritis causes joint deformities which affects the small joints of the fingers and hands, then can progresses to involve the wrists, elbows, shoulders and other joints. Sufferers can also experience, tiredness, fever and weight loss.

Causes of this disease are still unclear but there appears to be a genetic link and an immunological disorder, probably triggered by an infection.

OSTEOARTHRITIS is a degenerative joint disorder involving the breakdown and eventual loss of the cartilaginous bearing surfaces and sometimes widening or remodelling of the end of the bones involved in the joint. It is age related and people of thirty show osteoarthritic changes. By age sixty-five about 80% of people have objective evidence of the disorder but only a quarter of these have symptoms.

In the elderly its the women again that tend to be more severely affected than men.

Osteoarthritis is the commonest form of arthritis and the cause is unknown, however deformities of the skeleton are associated with it as well as obesity. It most commonly involves the spine, the knee joints, hip and hands.

Symptoms come on gradually with pain which at first is intermittent and then becomes more frequent.

ARTHRITIS is inflammation in a joint, usually with swelling, redness, pain and restriction of movement. The two main kinds of arthritis are the ones above but it can be caused by many other disease processes. There are over 100 different types of arthritis conditions.

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