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A 44-year-old male asked:

what are the two types of arthritis?

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Dr. Uzma Chaudhry
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Osteo and rheumatoid: There is rheumatoid arthritis, which is due to inflammation, where you start to get bone deformities of small joints of the hands and feet, and there is osteoarthritis, where your protective cartilage in ur joints such as the knees wears down and ur joints start to ache with bone rubbing on bone.
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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 33 years experience

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I want to try an alternative arthritis treatment. What's safe?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Arthritis: Alternative arthritis treatments, which are far more than can be mentioned in 400 letters, are often safe, but often ineffective. Glucosame has some positive effect on arthritis, but most are no better than placebo (help about 30% of those who try it). Most physicians do not recommend treatments that have no more benefit than a placebo, but most patients with arthritis try them anyway.
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Are people with arthritis more susceptible to complications from the flu?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Some times: You know the flu is a virus it could affect any place in the body and joints are no exceptions, the healthy joints are more enduring than the sick joints which have arthritis?
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is arthritis?

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Dr. Jason Torrente
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Inflammation: Arthritis is inflammation of a joint or multiple joints. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis which is age related. There are other types of arthritis usually due to an autoimmune disorder like lupus or an infection like lyme disease.
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A 51-year-old female asked:

How is the type of arthritis a person has determined?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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See below: There are many ways to determine. For instance, rheumatoid arthritis often affects many joints on both sides of the body whereas osteoarthritis may only affect single joints. The age also plays a role with osteo more common as we age. Blood tests can also determine if there is ra, lupus, psoriatic arthritis and others. The physical examinations are also different. Xray appearance is also different.
A 40-year-old female asked:

Hello i' have a sliped disk and also arthritis so I been told have a op I heard that there are injections and just wonder if I could try them first?

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Dr. Kenneth Weston
Family Medicine 40 years experience
It depends: A lot depends on exactly what is wrong. Slipped disc can mean different things.A single disc herniation can often be improved by an epidural steroid injection.Remember conservative treatment of many disc herniations will result in resolution of the symptoms and problem but each case needs to be evaluated independently.

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