The nagging joint pain you've been experiencing could be caused by arthritis. Arthritis is more common as you get older, but you can develop the condition at any age. Your Manassas, and Haymarket, VA, orthopedic specialists at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists offer treatments for many types of arthritis.
What are the most common types of arthritis?
Although there are more than 100 types of arthritis, these are the most common:
- Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage at the ends of the bones in your joints wears away. Cartilage cushions the bones and helps your joints glide easily. When the cartilage is gone, the bones grind together painfully when you move. Osteoarthritis affects more than 32 million people in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and causes reduced range of motion and joint pain, swelling, and stiffness.
- Posttraumatic Arthritis: This type of arthritis occurs months or years after you experience an injury to a joint. It often affects hip, ankle, or knee joints, although arthritis can develop in any injured joint.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: A type of autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your body's immune system begins to attack your joints and tissues. The disease can also affect the lungs, blood vessels, skin, blood, mouth, and eyes.
- Psoriatic Arthritis: You may be more likely to develop this type of arthritis if you have psoriasis, an autoimmune skin condition. In addition to joint pain, psoriatic arthritis can cause cracked or scaly skin over your joints.
- Gout: Gout causes severe pain in your big toe when uric acid, a waste product, builds up in the joint. In some cases, gout can spread from your toe to your ankle or foot.
- Lupus: Lupus is another type of autoimmune disorder that attacks your joints and tissues. In addition to pain, lupus can cause fevers, rashes, and organ damage.
When you visit the Manassas and Haymarket, VA, orthopedic offices, your doctor will determine what type of arthritis you have by performing an examination and ordering a few tests. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, they'll recommend medication or other treatments that will reduce inflammation and pain.
Have you been struggling with joint pain due to arthritis? Call 703-369-9070 to schedule an appointment with your orthopedic specialists at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Manassas, and Haymarket, VA.