There are 2 types of Arthritis that effect adults – Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Both can be debilitating and can effect mobility, independence, and overall long-term health.
Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis. OA is a chronic condition characterized by the breakdown of the joint’s cartilage. The breakdown of cartilage causes the bones to rub against each other, causing stiffness, pain and loss of movement in the joint. Anti inflammatory medications, both over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription can slow the progression of the disease, offer some pain relief, and minimize joint damage.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease, mainly characterized by inflammation of the lining, or synovium, of the joints and cause severe swelling of the joints particularly in the hands, feet, knees and hips. It can effect adults of all ages from young adult to elderly and can lead to long-term joint damage, resulting in chronic pain, loss of function and disability.