Arthritis and Joint Pain
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a commonly used term and ailment amongst all types of people. However, it is not very well understood by the general population. It is not one specific condition or disease; it refers to a multitude of joint diseases and types of joint pain.
What are the different types of arthritis?
There are more than 100 different types of joint pain and diseases that people are living with today. Arthritis affects any of the joints within your body. However, the most common types of joint pain and diseases affecting people today are: rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and gout.
What is rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis affects the joints and other organs in the body. It is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack the joints, organs, and healthy tissue. Considered an autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis aggressively invades and destroys the joint lining. Eventually, rheumatoid arthritis will irreparably damage the areas subject to constant inflammation.
What is psoriatic arthritis?
Psoriatic arthritis, also an autoimmune inflammatory disease, attacks the body. It affects the skin, ligaments, joints and tendons.
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, occurs when the cartilage in the joints begins to break down. Without cartilage to act as a barrier or cushion between each joint, the joints rub together causing pain, swelling, and stiffness. There is no direct cause of osteoarthritis, but some common factors that correlate with osteoarthritis occurring include: weight, overuse of joints, injury, and genetics.
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia occurs when the brain and spinal cord do not register pain in the same way. Often known as widespread pain, or central pain syndrome, fibromyalgia can enhances pain sensations in the person suffering from it. For example, a simple touch that may be painless to someone without fibromyalgia, may be significantly painful. Fibromyalgia can cause other problems as well, lowering quality of life. Many people who suffer from fibromyalgia also experience: insomnia, fatigue, mood swings, and inability to concentrate or focus on simple or routine tasks. Therefore, daily routines and simple tasks become unmanageable.
What is gout?
Gout is a form of inflammatory joint disorder that caused localized pain. Often occurring in the big toe, gout is caused by an overproduction of uric acid within the body. Excessive uric acid crystals culminate in the bloodstream and invade the joints, causing significant pain.
Request an appointment in Vancouver
At Blue Water Medical, our providers will take their time to perform a thorough examination and find out which type of joint disorder is affecting you, ensuring the best course of treatment. If you are concerned you may be suffering from joint pain, please call our Vancouver office to schedule an appointment with one our skilled providers. You can reach us at (604-558-3185) or you can fill out the appointment request form on our site.