Category: Arthritis

What Are the 4 Stages of Osteoarthritis?

Man grabbing leg in pain from osteoarthritis

A lot of older people experience osteoarthritis, a common type of arthritis that also happens to be a chronic condition affecting joints in the body. When cartilage between bones that usually cushions the joints no longer functions as intended– it wears down– then bones start rubbing against each other and the person experiences pain. Along… Read more »

What Causes Arthritis Flareups?

Woman grabbing wrist after an arthritis flareup

When you have arthritis and it seems like your symptoms are worse than usual, that’s when you’re having a “flareup” or “flare” and even medications you’re on might not seem to control such issues. Ugh. What can cause arthritis symptoms to worsen?  Types of Arthritis There are different types of arthritis. For instance, there’s rheumatoid… Read more »

Differences Women Should Know Between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis

Aging woman grabbing achy wrist from arthritis

Women– especially older women– often have to deal with stiff and painful joints. A doctor may diagnose them with rheumatoid arthritis and/or osteoarthritis. What should you know about these two types of arthritis? Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis Differences   Rheumatoid arthritis can happen at any age and it’s an autoimmune disease where your body’s immune… Read more »

Do I have Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Woman with rheumatoid arthritis holding her wrist

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease affecting joints of the body. People with RA might have inflammation or pain in their hands, fingers and wrists or their knees, ankles, feet and/or toes.  Normally, a person’s cartilage acts as a “shock absorber” for the joints. However, RA messes with the cartilage and eventually people… Read more »

Risk Factors for Arthritis

There’s a good chance that you or someone you know has arthritis. After all, about 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. have it! Now here’s the question most people ask: “Can you control some risk factors to avoid getting arthritis?” The answer is yes and no. Controllable Arthritis Risk Factors What are some risk… Read more »