Treatment for Arthritis at Washington Township Medical Foundation
At its most basic definition, arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation
of the joints, causing pain and stiffness and reducing mobility and range
of motion. This condition can get worse with age. There are many different
types of arthritis. In fact, there are more than 100 different varieties
of arthritis and similar, related conditions.
Two of the most common are:
Osteoarthritis (OA) – This type of arthritis occurs when the flexible tissues that can
be found at the end of the bones gets worn down. Also known as degenerative
arthritis or degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis is the leading
type of arthritis, affecting about 27 million people in the United States.
While OA can impact any joint in the body, it is most commonly found in
the hips, low back, neck, knees, fingers, and thumb / big toe.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) – Rheumatoid arthritis, also called atrophic arthritis, can affect
any joints, including those found in the hands and feet. This condition
is a chronic inflammatory disorder in which the immune system attacks
the tissue, causing symptoms such as swelling and pain.
Do you have questions about arthritis? Speak with our physiatrists at Washington
Township Medical Foundation about diagnosis and treatment of OA, RA, or
other forms of arthritis. We are here to help.