Arthritis Cause and Treatment Northcote
Arthritis is a commonly used word that can be misleading. It is a basket term that encompasses over 100 medical conditions that can impact our muscles and joints, some are very rare while others very common.
Rheumatism is a less used term these days but is essentially the same thing as arthritis.
The most prevalent forms of arthritis are;
- Osteoarthritis (OA); a condition that impacts any joint between 2 bones. It can affect the bone, cartilage (joint lining), ligaments and muscles.
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA); a disease of our autoimmune system where our own bodies defence mechanisms identify our joint linings as “foreign” and set about attacking them causing inflammation and joint destruction