There are many causes of joint inflammation, meaning there are many different types of arthritis. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, more commonly referred to as wear-and-tear arthritis. Other types of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis and gouty arthritis.
What should I do if I am diagnosed with arthritis?
Being told you have arthritis does not necessarily mean a lifetime of joint pain and problems. Depending on the severity of the condition your doctor can make appropriate treatment recommendations. Treatment for arthritis depends on the type of arthritis, the severity of the problem, and previous response to treatments.
If you are diagnosed with arthritis, ask you doctor some specific questions about your condition:
- What type of arthritis do you have?
- How severe is the problem?
- Should you take any measures to prevent progression of the arthritis?
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