Arthritis is a serious condition that affects thousands of Queenslanders everyday. If you have been recently diagnosed with arthritis, know
someone who has, or have been suffering with arthritis symptoms for a long time, don’t delay asking for help.
The sooner you seek help and support, the better. Some forms of arthritis can lead to serious and even life-threatening complications. This is why it's vital that you receive an accurate diagnosis of your condition from your GP before beginning treatment for arthritis. Some of the most common types are:
Most types of arthritis are placed into two main categories, non-inflammatory arthritis and inflammatory arthritis. There are many types of inflammatory arthritis including Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Lupus and many more.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and it affects over 2.1 million Australians and is treatable. There are many types of arthritis in hands, and osteoarthritis is one of the most common, however this form of arthritis can also affect joints in your knees, hips and spine.
Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA is an autoimmune disease that causes pain and swelling in the joints. There are a few types of rheumatoid arthritis and only 1% of Australians live with this form of arthritis. There are many different autoimmune arthritis types, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, and more.
Usually only people who have the skin disease psoriasis are affected by PsA. But only 10 to 20% of people living with psoriasis will develop PsA and arthritis psoriatic symptoms which can include joint pain, stiffness and swelling. There are a few psoriatic arthritis types that can affect which areas of the body are targeted with pain or discomfort. While there is no cure, there are ways of treating psoriatic arthritis to ensure you can get back to living a quality life.
This condition is caused by build up of iron in your body. While iron is an important mineral that our body absorbs from food, people with heamochromatosis absorb too much iron which can cause damage to organs like their liver, heart, bones and joints.
Spondyloarthritis is a name for types of arthritis that commonly affect the spine. There are several types of arthritis grouped under this name, including ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, enteropathic arthritis, undifferentiated spondyloarthritis, and more.
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