Are there different types of arthritis?
Yes. The broad “arthritis” term includes over 100 different types of conditions that all impact your joints. One of the most common types of arthritis is osteoarthritis. With this type of arthritis, the protective cartilage between your bones wears down. This can happen as a natural part of aging, although injuries are sometimes to blame for causing osteoarthritis.
With rheumatoid arthritis, another common type of arthritis, you have an underlying autoimmune disorder. Your body breaks down protective tissues and bone, leaving you with severe pain and swelling.
Gout affects many arthritis sufferers, too. When you have gout, you have excessive uric acid buildup in your body, which creates sharp crystal deposits in your joints. While gout most commonly affects men, women may also have gout.