Arthritis Testing

Arthritis in return used to describe more than 100 diseases that are characterized by destructive damage to one or more joints. The patient may have more than one type of arthritis. Symptoms include joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and redness that last more than two weeks.

Most types are common in adults, but arthritis can occur at any age. Common types of arthritis include:

Osteoarthritis is associated with the aging process, joint damage, and joint degeneration. It is the most common form of arthritis, affecting approximately 20 million people in the United States.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder.

Gout is associated with excess uric acid that deposits crystals into the joints, especially the patient's big toe.