Arthritis Treatment News and Information

Arthritis Definition (What is Arthritis?)

According to the Arthritis Foundation, there are more than 100 different types of arthritis and arthritis related conditions. People of all ages, sexes and races can and do have arthritis, and it is the leading cause of disability in the United States. It is estimated that more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type or form of arthritis. This common bone and joint disease is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older.  The most common types of arthritis include osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), fibromyalgia and gout. A diagnosis is necessary in order to develop a treatment plan.

Types of Arthritis and Associated Inflammatory Conditions:

  • Adult-onset Still’s disease
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Back Pain
  • Behçet’s Disease
  • Bursitis
  • Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease (CPPD)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondromalacia Patella
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes (CAPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Developmental-Dysplasia of Hip
  • Ehlers-Danlos
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fifth Disease
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Gout
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Infectious Arthritis
  • Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Juvenile Arthritis
  • Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JD)
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)
  • Juvenile Scleroderma
  • Kawasaki Disease
  • Lupus
  • Lupus in Children & Teens
  • Lyme Disease
  • Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
  • Myositis (inc. Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pagets
  • Palindromic Rheumatism
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Pediatric Rheumatic Diseases
  • Pediatric SLE
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Pseudogout
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Raynaud’s Phenomenon
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Reiter’s Sydrome
  • Rheumatic Fever
  • Rheumatism
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjögren’s Disease
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondyloarthritis
  • Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in Children & Teens
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Vasculitis
  • Wegener’s Granulomatosis

 

Symptoms and Signs of Arthritis

Common arthritis symptoms typically include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Symptoms can be can be mild, moderate or severe. Symptoms may also come and go and may progress or get worse over time.

Most Common Types of Arthritis and Their Symptoms

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It’s caused by the “wear and tear” that happens when your joints are overused. It usually happens with age, but it can also come from joint injuries or obesity, which puts extra stress on your joints. Osteoarthritis symptoms often develop slowly and worsen over time. Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis include joint pain, joint tenderness, joint stiffness, loss of flexibility, bone spurs and are type of grating sensation when the joint is moved. 

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, meaning that the immune system attacks parts of the body, especially the area of the joints. This type of arthritis leads to inflammation, which can cause severe joint damage if not treated. About 1 out of every 5 people who have rheumatoid arthritis get lumps on their skin called rheumatoid nodules. These nodules often form over joint areas that receive pressure, such as over knuckles, elbows, or heels.

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic Arthritis is an inflammation of the skin(psoriasis) and joints (arthritis), which is marked by patchy, raised, red, and white areas of inflamed skin with scales. It usually affects the tips of the elbows and knees, the scalp, the navel, and skin around the genital areas or anus.

See below for updated news and information regarding arthritis including new medical research, treatments and advancements. 

Latest Arthritis News

New Inflammatory Arthritis Treatment Research: Tracking movement of immune cells identifies key first steps in inflammatory arthritis

(SOURCE: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL) - Identification of molecule required for immune cells to enter joint could lead to new treatment approaches. Using a novel approach for imaging the movement of immune cells in living animals, researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases (CIID) have identified what appear to be the initial steps leading to joint ...
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Arthritis News: Risk of heart attack in rheumatoid arthritis patients almost halved by biologic drugs

(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER) - A biologic drug which treats rheumatoid arthritis has been shown by new research to reduce the risk of heart attacks in arthritis sufferers by up to 40 per cent. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have a 60 per cent higher risk of heart attacks than the public, thought to be linked to the inflammation caused by ...
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Researchers Add to Evidence That Common Bacterial Cause of Gum Disease May Drive Rheumatoid Arthritis

(SOURCE: JOHNS HOPKINS MEDICINE): Investigators at Johns Hopkins report they have new evidence that a bacterium known to cause chronic inflammatory gum infections also triggers the inflammatory “autoimmune” response characteristic of chronic, joint-destroying rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The new findings have important implications for prevention and treatment of RA, say the researchers. In a report on the work, published in the Dec. 14 ...
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Arthritis Treatment News: Study Reveals Role of Fibroblast Cells in Development of Rheumatoid Arthritis

(UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM) According to a recent press release, a study led by researchers at the University of Birmingham reveals the key role of different types of fibroblast cells in the development of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), opening up a new avenue for research into treatment of the disease ...
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Arthritis Treatment News: Findings May Lead to New Treatment Approach for Rheumatoid Arthritis

(YALE UNIVERSITY) According to a recent press release, in a new study, a Yale-led research team identified the mechanism of a gene that raises the risk of severe rheumatoid arthritis in susceptible individuals. The finding may lead to the development of treatment based on the genetic profiles of arthritis patients, the researchers said ...
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Epilepsy News: Study Shows a Link Between Mothers with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Children with Epilepsy

(AMERICAN ACADEMY OF NEUROLOGY) According to a recent press release, a new study shows a link between mothers with rheumatoid arthritis and children with epilepsy. The study is published in the November 16, 2016, online issue of Neurology®, a medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes the body's own immune system ...
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Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment News: Statins May Lower Mortality Risk Some Arthritis Patients

(AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RHEUMATOLOGY) According to a recent press release, patients with ankylosing spondylitis or psoriatic arthritis who take statins may have as much as a 33 percent lower mortality risk, according to new research findings presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington ...
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Osteoarthritis Treatment News: Wnt Inhibitor Drug May Help Ease Pain and Improve Joint Function in Patients

(AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RHEUMATOLOGY) According to a recent press release, injection of a Wnt inhibitor drug showed promise to ease pain, improve joint function, and even slow or reverse cartilage loss in patients with knee osteoarthritis, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2016 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in Washington ...
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Research Uncovers Important Step Toward Improving Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

(MAYO CLINIC) According to a recent press release, a Mayo Clinic study is shedding light on why some rheumatoid arthritis patients respond poorly when treated with tumor necrosis factor inhibitors, part of a class of drugs called biologics. It comes down to proteins: specifically, a protein in the body that drives inflammation in the disease, the research found ...
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Arthritis News: Researchers Conclude that Rheumatoid Arthritis Biologic Therapies May Protect Against Rapid Bone Loss

(INTERNATIONAL OSTEOPOROSIS FOUNDATION) According to a recent press release, a new review by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) Chronic Inflammation and Bone Structure (CIBS) Working Group concludes that early and aggressive treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) with biologic drugs, specifically biological disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), may be most effective in halting progressive bone loss in patients with RA ...
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