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Minimally Invasive Pain Institute

Types of Pain and Problems

Arthritis Pain

Arthritis literally means inflammation of a joint. Arthritis may cause pain, swelling and stiffness. However, it is not limited to your joints. It can also affect muscles, tendons and ligaments. There are more than 100 diseases and conditions that are categorized as arthritis. The two most well known forms are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Unfortunately, arthritis has no age barriers and strikes children and adults of every age.

Osteoarthritis is often called degenerative joint disease. It most often affects cartilage, which is the slippery tissue that covers the bones of a joint. The cartilage acts as a shock absorber and the arthritis affects that ability.

Rheumatoid arthritis affects many parts of the body. It is the most disabling form of arthritis. Nearly 2/3 of its victims are women. Unlike osteoarthritis it usually has a younger onset.