When most people think of arthritis they think of osteoarthritis, that type of arthritis that comes from the breakdown of cartilage between the bones and causes that inescapable pain and stiffness. But there are actually over 100 types of arthritis, and some affect more than an old person's old bones.
This is the most common form of arthritis. Experts believe that nearly every human who lives past 60 will get at least a touch of this form of arthritis. It is not only caused by the wear and tear of everyday living, but can be caused by injuries and even obesity, which forces the joints, especially in the knees, spine and hips, to bear more weight than they should.
The symptoms of osteoarthritis include aches in the joints and joints that are swollen and warm. The person may have pain when they walk, feel stiff after a period of rest and suffer from stiffness when they first get up in the morning. Bending, sitting or trying to grab something can also be painful. Sometimes, the person can hear the sounds of their joints grating against each other, and bone spurs may develop as the injured joints start to lay down bone tissue.
Psoriasis is another ailment that takes several forms, and one of them is psoriatic arthritis. Along with the inflammation of and scaly, red and white lesions on the skin, psoriatic arthritis often causes extremities to swell up and the fingernails to pit and discolor. Psoriatic arthritis also tends to attack only one part of the body and is generally not symmetrical.
Rheumatic arthritis is actually an autoimmune disease. This means that the body's own immune system attacks it. In this case, one of the systems under attack is the skeletal system. The symptoms may come on gradually or be precipitous, and they tend to be worse than those of osteoarthritis.
RA is also strangely symmetrical. If one joint is affected, the mirroring joint is also likely to be affected. Besides arthritic pain, people with RA also suffer fevers, fatigue, unintended weight loss and complications that affect the eyes and internal organs.
Fusion RX treats these forms of arthritis and many others that afflict our customers in Los Angeles and across the country. Though arthritis is unusual among young people, psoriatic arthritis has been known to strike children. Because of this, we can compound our medications to serve the needs of these youngest patients, as well as pets.
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