Is My Joint Pain Arthritis or Something Else?

A doctor consulting a patient suffering from knee joint pain.

One of the most common causes of joint pain is arthritis. It is estimated that over 90 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of arthritis, but it is not the only source of joint pain. If you have joint pain and are above a certain age, you may dismiss it as arthritis, but that may not be the case. Here is what you need to know about arthritis and other types of joint pain, and why you need to know what is causing your pain.

What Is Arthritis?

Did you know there are over 100 different types of arthritis? Technically, arthritis is an inflammation of the joints, which can include a variety of different conditions. Osteoarthritis is what most people think of when arthritis is mentioned – this is the degenerative joint condition that occurs from wear, tear, aging and injuries. While osteoarthritis is by far the most common type, there are many others that can cause joint pain, including rheumatoid arthritis and gout. One thing all arthritis has in common is that there is not a cure, but there are effective treatments. Continue reading.