Main Causes of Arthritis

Main Causes of Arthritis

Arthritis is “inflammation of the joint” and there are several conditions that can cause it.

1. Osteoarthritis is the most common arthritis; also known as “wear and tear” arthritis that’s associated with aging. There are several underlying causes and combinations of factors that lead to osteoarthritis. It usually produces pain and limits motion and most commonly occurs in the knee and hip joint.

2. Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic problem which means it affects the whole body. Essentially, your body’s defense mechanism against foreign invaders (like bacteria) malfunctions and begins to attach your own joints (an auto-immune condition). It most commonly affects the joints in the hands and feet, and also can cause elbow, neck and shoulder problems. Rheumatoid arthritis can also produce pronounced joint swelling.

3. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) is an auto-immune condition that tends to afflict children and adolescents. There is a broad range of JRA where some patients have only one joint involved while others have multiple problems. The joint most commonly involved in JRA is the knee.

4. Gouty arthritis is a condition produced by the accumulation of urate crystals inside the joint. The crystals are formed by an abnormal breakdown of chemicals. Urate accumulations usually occur in the big toe and the knee joint and can be quite painful.

5. Pseudogout is similar to gouty arthritis but the underlying problem is somewhat different. Pseudogout arthritis is caused by the buildup of calcium deposits inside the joint. Pseudogout is most often seen in the knee joint.

6. Lupus arthritis is the most common expression of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). SLE is similar to rheumatoid arthritis in that it’s an auto-immune condition (in which the body’s immune system attacks the joints). Wrist, hand and knee joints are the most commonly affected joints in SLE.

7. Spondyloarthritis is not very common. It includes conditions like ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, Reiter’s syndrome and enteropathic arthritis. All of these disorders are associated with other complications like heel pain and back pain to name a few. They are likely related to a person’s genetics.

8. Infectious arthritis occurs when an infection inside a joint causes inflammation. It’s also known as bacterial arthritis and septic arthritis. Treating septic arthritis depends on what’s causing the actual infection but most often requires surgery to clean out the infection from inside the joint.

9. Hemorrhagic arthritis can occur from any one of several conditions can produce bleeding within a joint and leading to inflammation. Such conditions include sickle cell disease, hemophilia and pigmented villonodular synovitis. These disorders cause blood to accumulate inside the joint which causes swelling and pain.

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