According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 50 million Americans have arthritis. Arthritis limits the activities of nearly 10 percent of American adults.
When left untreated, arthritis can be debilitating. Even with treatment, some cases of arthritis lead to disability. If you have arthritis, it’s important to understand how your condition can progress and affect your daily life. This may give you the motivation you need to take action now, before your condition gets worse.
Types of Arthritis
There are two main types of arthritis: rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA). RA is an autoimmune condition that occurs when your immune system attacks the lining of your joints. Over time, it can damage your joint cartilage and bones. OA happens when cartilage in your joints wears down through wear and tear.
In total, there are over 100 forms of arthritis. All types can cause pain and inflammation.