Arthritis
Managing and
Treating Arthritis

Arthritis Management
and Treament Options

Arthritis can significantly interfere with everyday life and may even cause a decrease in overall quality of life. There is no cure for arthritis, which is why it’s important to be able to recognize its symptoms and start treatment sooner rather than later.

Treatment for arthritis is based on the type of arthritis you have and may include exercise (physical therapy), weight control, bracing, injections and medications. Surgery (such as a joint replacement) may be indicated once other treatment options have been exhausted.

Own Your Arthritis

This following video is a virtual version of Own Your Arthritis, a presentation designed to educate you on arthritis, as well as the treatment options available to you. It also discusses the option of joint replacement and the risks that come along with taking this treatment route.

If you do not have speakers or are hard of hearing, please press the ‘CC’ button in the lower right corner of the video to use closed captioning.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis means “inflammation of a joint.” This inflammation causes pain, stiffness, and swelling. There are over 100 types of arthritis, but the most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

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Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and is sometimes referred to as the “wear and tear” arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage (which provides cushioning between bones) starts to wear away. This causes the bones to rub together, resulting in pain, stiffness, and swelling. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body, and our risk of osteoarthritis increases as we age.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis. It is an autoimmune disease that targets the lining of the joints. This causes pain, swelling, inflammation, and breakdown of the joint.

Rheumatoid arthritis often affects the same joints equally, whereas osteoarthritis does not. For example, osteoarthritis may affect one hip and not the other, while rheumatoid arthritis may affect both hip joints. Although this type of arthritis can occur at any age, it most frequently affects people between the ages of 25 and 50.

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What is Arthritis?

Arthritis means “inflammation of a joint.” This inflammation causes pain, stiffness, and swelling. There are over 100 types of arthritis, but the most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

edmonton-bone-joint-msk-osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and is sometimes referred to as the “wear and tear” arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage (which provides cushioning between bones) starts to wear away. This causes the bones to rub together, resulting in pain, stiffness, and swelling. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body, and our risk of osteoarthritis increases as we age.

edmonton-bone-joint-msk-rheumatoid-arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis. It is an autoimmune disease that targets the lining of the joints. This causes pain, swelling, inflammation, and breakdown of the joint.

Rheumatoid arthritis often affects the same joints equally, whereas osteoarthritis does not. For example, osteoarthritis may affect one hip and not the other, while rheumatoid arthritis may affect both hip joints. Although this type of arthritis can occur at any age, it most frequently affects people between the ages of 25 and 50.

Need more information about Arthritis?

Please refer to the Arthritis Society website or the Alberta Rheumatology website for further information on medications used to treat arthritis.

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Society’s Website
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Rheumatology’s Website
Learn about
Injections for Arthritis