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Arthritis is inflammation of a joint. If you are among the millions of Americans suffering from arthritis, you have an excellent resource in The University of Vermont Medical Center to turn to for relief. We offer a host of highly trained specialists who are devoted to the care of arthritis.
Arthritis: What You Need to Know
Arthritis is best managed by a group of experts that include orthopedic specialists, rheumatologists and rehabilitation therapists. At The UVM Medical Center, our physicians and other support staff work together as a team, providing advanced care.
You and your family will feel the advantages of personalized, patient-centered care. Since there are over 100 types of arthritis, it's important that each patient's treatment is individualized.
Experienced, Trusted Expertise
As a university hospital and health system, our team provides the most advanced care backed by research: We make all diagnostic and treatment recommendations based on the latest thinking in the field. Through patient education, we answer all your questions and help you become as informed as possible throughout your care.
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis symptoms may include pain, swelling, redness, warmth, and limitation of movement.
There are more than 100 types of arthritis. Five common types include:
- Most common form of arthritis
- Known as "wear and tear" arthritis
- Slowly progressive, degenerative disease
- Most often occurs in patients over 50
- Risk factors include family history, age, obesity and previous injuries or disorders
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
- Occurs when joint lining becomes inflamed due to systemic disease
- Can lead to severe deterioration of multiple joints
- Autoimmune disease (when the body's immune system attacks healthy cells and tissue)
- The cause is unknown
- Genetic factors believed to play a major role
- Usually occurs in middle-age, can develop in 20s and 30s
- More common among women
- Inflammatory joint disease
- Causes acute pain and swelling
- Develops when uric acid crystals form in and around the joints
- Attacks can be very painful in one or two joints followed by the total disappearance of all symptoms until the next attack
- Occurs after an injury to the joint
- May develop years after a fracture, ligament injury, or tendon tear
- Some people have psoriasis, a serious skin condition
- Symptoms can range from relatively mild to severe
- Can affect any part of the body
- Patients may experience flare-ups alternating with periods of remission
- Risk factors include psoriasis, a family history of the disease, age and gender
Where does it hurt?
The UVM Medical Center offers comprehensive information about the common causes of joint pain, the diagnosis process and treatment options.
Arthritis Diagnosis and Treatment
The treatment that is right for you will depend upon your exact arthritis diagnosis. At The UVM Medical Center, we use specialized techniques to diagnose arthritis. Discuss your pain with your doctor, and together you will work together to find the best treatment. Our whole goal is to reduce your arthritis symptoms and improve your quality of life.