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Common Types of Arthritis

February 5, 2014

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic Arthritis occurs when your body’s immune system causes inflammation of your skin. Psoriatic arthritis attacks your joints making them inflamed and stiff.

Approximately, 85% of the persons with psoriatic arthritis had psoriasis first and about 15% get psoriatic arthritis without a history of psoriasis. Psoriatic arthritis can be genetic, but has been known to be linked with strep throat.

Warning signs of psoriatic arthritis include pits in nail beds, fatigue, morning stiffness, eye redness and pain, heal and back pain.

An early diagnosis and treatment can prevent or limit joint damage. If you have any of these signs, call the Bay Arthritis Institute today.

Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis affects the spine and the symptoms include pain and stiffness from the neck down to the lower back for more than three months. The spine bones may fuse together, which results in a rigid spine. Anyklosing spondylitis can also cause an overgrowth of the bones, called boney fusion. And there can also be pain in ligaments and tendons, which is caused by the inflammation of the tendons.

It is important to get diagnosis and treatment to prevent significant deformity. If you have any of these signs, call the Bay Arthritis Institute today.


Osteoarthritis is commonly diagnosed when there is joint pain and stiffness occurring when the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones at the joints breaks down and causes a bony overgrowth. The cause is usually aging joints, injuries and/or obesity. The signs of osteoarthritis vary from person to person. Osteoarthritis can be treated with medication and exercise. The Bay Arthritis Institute has the solutions for osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis – (RA)

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a systemic disease that causes inflammation throughout the body affecting the lungs, eyes, skin, heart and blood vessels. RA commonly begins between 25 and 50, but can strike at earlier or later ages. Since only 30% of men account for having RA, female hormones may play a significant role in the onset of RA.

RA is an autoimmune disorder which leads to inflammation. Detecting RA requires a clinical evaluation, physical exam and possible X-rays to detect the join damage.

The causes of RA are genes associated with the immune system, environmental factors (viral or bacterial infection) and/or hormonal.

The best early treatment for RA are medications to prevent joint damage and/or to put the chronic disease in remission.

Exercise helps preserve joint mobility and healthy muscle tone.

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