There are more than 100 types of arthritis or arthritis-related conditions, but the most common conditions are:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Juvenile arthritis
Wear and tear is one of the leading causes of arthritis. We see many sufferers over the age of 50; however, illness, injury, and congenital disabilities can also play a role in joint pain and deterioration of a joint.
A brief view of your medical history, including family history, can give us a better understanding of what causes your arthritis, for example:
Hereditary – Has your immediate family suffered from an arthritic condition, or do you have anyone within the family with autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis?
Injury – Have you ever suffered a joint injury such as a dislocation or fracture? Injuries which are severe or have not healed correctly can cause arthritis to develop.
Work-life – Does your career require you to “overuse” or strain your affected joint? Many sufferers with lower back pain from arthritis may have had a long career in the building industry.
Sports and hobbies – Are you invested in a hobby or sport that results in a high impact on your affected joint or overuse. Even a simple action like knitting over many years may result in arthritic hands.