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The Four Causes of Arthritis

The Four Causes of Arthritis

Arthritis refers to joint inflammation, but the term also is more loosely used to describe any disorder that affects the joints. It is a symptom, rather than a specific disease. Arthritic conditions fall into a wider disease category known as “rheumatic diseases.” There are more than 100 types, each with

Gout in Foot? Here’s How It Happens—and How to Treat It

Gout in Foot? Here’s How It Happens—and How to Treat It

Gout in foot, instep, and ankle areas is common, affecting up to 8 million Americans today. The condition has been recorded throughout history, affecting many famous people—the most notorious of whom was Henry VIII, renowned for his lavish diet of rich food and copious amounts of alcohol.

What is gout? It’s

5. Other Types of Arthritis

There are more than 100 types of arthritis. The two most common causes of chronic disabling arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and each has its own chapter in this report. In this chapter, we look at other common types of arthritis: gout, pseudogout, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis

2. Diagnosing Joint Pain

There are more than 100 types of arthritis, so when it comes to diagnosis the first challenge is to determine the cause of the inflammation. The second challenge is to evaluate the extent of tissue involvement and level of disease. For example, is there an acute and self-limiting inflammation of

1. Introduction to Arthritis

If you have pain, stiffness, warmth, swelling, or redness in a joint or joints, you may well have arthritis. Arthritis is defined as inflammation of one or more joints. It is the most common cause of disability in the United States, affecting more than 54 million Americans (about one in

6. Hand/Wrist Pain

With more than 30 muscles, 27 bones, three nerves, and multiple ligaments and tendons, the hand and wrist area is one of the most complex structures in the body. The wrist is not just a joint; it’s several small joints. The hand is arguably the most used appendage of the

5. Other Types of Arthritis

There are more than 100 types of arthritis. The two most common causes of chronic disabling arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and each has its own chapter in this report. In this chapter we review the next-most-common types of arthritis: gout, pseudogout, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, septic

2. The Diagnostic Evaluation of Joint Pain

When it comes to managing arthritis, one size does not fit all. There are more than 100 types of arthritis: So the first challenge is to determine the cause of the inflammation. There is no definitive test for any of the common causes, so diagnosis relies on the detective skills

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