Arthritis

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three adults in the United States suffers from arthritis or chronic joint pain.
50%
of people over age sixty-five have clinical signs of arthritis, meaning that an estimated seventy million Americans suffer from the disease.
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Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis, which is sometimes called degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease, is the result of the breakdown of cartilage inside the joint. When the cartilage that cushions bone ends no longer does its job, the bone ends can’t slide easily across each other within the joint. The result can be pain, stiffness, loss of movement, and, sometimes, swelling. Osteoarthritis is most often found in the weight-bearing joints such as the hips, knees, ankles, and spine. There are many causes of osteoarthritis, including trauma, obesity, genetics, and other factors.

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Treatments Include:

  • Steroid Injections
  • Non-Steroid Injections
  • Narcotic Creams
  • Non-Narcotic Creams

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Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is the second-most-common form of arthritis and it occurs when the immune system turns against the body. The faulty immune system causes inflammation and swelling that begins in the joint lining and spreads to the cartilage and the bone. Rheumatoid arthritis tends to affect joints symmetrically—in other words, it tends to affect the same joint on both sides of the body. Rheumatoid arthritis and gout are the second and third most common causes of arthritis.

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Most common areas of symptoms

Hand (8.9% female; 6.7% male)
Feet (3.6 female; 1.6 male)
Knee (13.6% female; 10.0% male)
Knee (18.7% female; 13.5% male)
Hip (3.6% female; 5.5% male)
An astonishing 285,000 children under age seventeen have arthritis, including 50,000 who have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
24%
of adults in Georgia have arthritis.
9%
of 18-44 year-olds have been diagnosed with arthritis.
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