Which Type of Arthritis Do You Have?

Which Type of Arthritis Do You Have?

Doctors have identified more than 100 different types of arthritis. Knowing which type you have could be the key to obtaining symptom relief. A doctor who can correctly diagnose your arthritis type and properly target your symptoms with a customized treatment plan is what you need.  

The Cell Bionics Institute has two locations, in Sterling, Virginia and Utica, New York. At both locations, Dr. Nameer Haider provides diagnosis and treatment to patients suffering from all types of arthritis.

Types of arthritis

There are five major types of arthritis. Some target older people. Others disproportionately target women. Some take years to slowly make themselves known, while others appear seemingly out of nowhere.    

1. Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a mechanical type of arthritis, caused by the physical breakdown of cartilage that covers the ends of your joint bones and keeps the bones from rubbing together. Typically caused by aging, osteoarthritis causes distinct pain as the bones begin to grate on one another. You may also hear a clicking or popping noise when you move your joint.  

2. Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that can be diagnosed by looking for a specific marker in your blood. Usually, people with RA experience a fairly sudden onset, with joints all on one side of the body suddenly becoming painful and extremely swollen. 

3. Psoriatic arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis (PA) is another autoimmune form of arthritis and can show up in people who have an autoimmune skin condition known as psoriasis. PA causes pain in the lower back, feet, ankles, and toes or fingers, and is accompanied by scaly, cracked, and flaking red skin around the joints.

4. Gout

Gouty arthritis is caused by deposits of uric acid crystals in the joints. It usually starts in the joint of your big toe, then slowly moves up into the foot and ankle. This can severely limit mobility as the toe joint gets pushed out of place by swelling.  

5. Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia causes widespread musculoskeletal pain and shows up in around 10-20% of people with RA. Doctors are divided on whether or not fibro is just another autoimmune disease, and getting a diagnosis can take years. A diagnosis is usually arrived at when everything else has been ruled out and the patient is experiencing pain in at least 11 out of 18 specific tender points on their body, as well as fatigue and brain fog. 

The treatment for each kind of arthritis can be customized for the symptoms and the patient. If you want to get to the bottom of your arthritis pain, come in for a consultation with Dr. Haider. You can schedule an appointment by calling the location closest to you, or book online

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