Arthritis Types

Arthritis means inflammation or swelling of one or more joints. It describes more than 100 conditions that affect the joints, tissues around the joint, and other connective tissues. Specific symptoms vary depending on the type of arthritis, but usually include joint pain and stiffness.


Gout is a common form of inflammatory arthritis that is very painful. It usually affects one joint at a time (often the big toe joint). There are times when symptoms get worse, known as flares, and times when there are no symptoms, known as remission.

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Asian man with painful and inflamed gout in his foot.


Fibromyalgia (fi·bro·my·al·gi·a) is a condition that causes pain all over the body (also referred to as widespread pain), sleep problems, fatigue, and often emotional and mental distress.

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Childhood Arthritis

The most common type of childhood arthritis is juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). It can cause permanent physical damage to joints, which can result in disability.

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Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic inflammation of the skin and joints that causes pain, stiffness, and swelling in affected joints.

PsA is a condition that sometimes occurs alongside psoriasis, which is a chronic autoimmune skin disease that speeds up the growth cycle of skin cells.

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