Types of Arthritis:


Dr. Katz joins Dr. Rodgers to talk about osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

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DR. RODGERS: Did you know that more than 52 million Americans have some form of arthritis?

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, one of the directors at the NIH.

There are several types of arthritis. My colleague, Dr. Stephen Katz, director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases at NIH, explains:

DR. KATZ: Most types of arthritis cause pain in your joints – the places where two bones meet, such as in your hands, elbows, knees, or hips.

The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis usually comes with age and affects the fingers, knees, and hips.

Rheumatoid arthritis happens when your body’s defense system doesn’t work properly. It affects joints and bones. You may feel sick or tired, and you may have a fever.

If you have pain in your joints, talk to your doctor.

DR. RODGERS: For more information, follow us on Twitter @NIDDKgov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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