Answers to Common Arthritis Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about arthritis.

What is arthritis?

Dr. Michael Raab explains the condition of arthritis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Arthritis is not a single disease, but a category of 100 types of joint pain and disease, according to the Arthritis FoundationOff Site Icon. According to the AF, types of arthritis include:

  • Degenerative (osteoarthritis) arthritis – The most common type, occurring as the joints wear away, causing bone to rub against bone
  • Inflammatory arthritis – Develops when the body’s naturally-occurring inflammation attacks the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis fall under this category
  • Infectious arthritis – Results after certain bacteria get into the joint and triggers inflammation
  • Metabolic arthritis – Develops when the body’s uric acid builds up and deposits in the joint

While arthritis is common in people age 65 and older, it can affect people of any age group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon. Nearly two-thirds of arthritis patients are under the age of 65, and arthritis is more common in women (26 percent) than men (19 percent) according to the CDC.

For more information about arthritis, talk to your doctor.

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Source: Michael Raab, MD, Premier Orthopedics

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