- Q What is arthritis?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, CardiologyArthritis means joint inflammation, and it can affect the knees, hands/wrists, hips, lower back, neck, or any joint in the body. There are over 100 types of arthritis, and this number is growing. The most common types are osteoarthritis -- which... Full Answer
- Q How does arthritis affect the body?
Different types of arthritis can affect the body in different ways, but in most types, the joints are damaged. Bone, cartilage, and other tissues in the joints may be broken down for various reasons, and sometimes when new tissue grows in, the joints can... Full Answer
- Q How many people in the U.S. suffer from arthritis?
Dr. Kelly Traver, Internal MedicineIn the United States, arthritis is the most common form of disability. There are several different kinds of arthritic conditions, but the most commonly seen is degenerative arthritis, also known as osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis represents half of all... Full Answer
- Q What is secondary arthritis?
Dr. Grant Cooper, Physical Medicine & RehabilitationIn secondary arthritis, something identifiable triggers the degradation of the cartilage. In other words, the arthritis follows the injury. This type of arthritis is seen in people who have suffered a severe trauma or repetitive microtrauma to a joint.... Full Answer