HealthSouth arthritis patients receive individualized care geared towards managing symptoms and pain and regaining an independent lifestyle.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, affecting approximately 27 million Americans. It is described as the breakdown and loss of a joint’s cartilage. Cartilage covers the ends of the bones in the joint. When cartilage breaks down, the bones rub against each other and become rough and may even over-grow (developing bone spurs) resulting in joint pain, aching stiffness and swelling. The Arthritis Foundation says OA typically affects only certain joints, such as the hips, hands, knees, lower back and neck.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is the most serious form affecting approximately 1.3 million Americans. According to the Arthritis Foundation, the onset of RA is usually middle age, but it often occurs in the 20s and 30s. It is described as an inflammation of the lining of the joints and can lead to long-term joint damage, chronic pain, loss of function and disability.
Juvenile Arthritis (JA) is any form of arthritis, or arthritis-related condition that develops in teenagers or children under the age of 18. Common symptoms of JA include the usual -- pain, swelling, tenderness and stiffness of joints, causing limited range of motion.
Gout and Fibromyalgia are other common rheumatic conditions associated with arthritis. An estimated 3.0 million adults have gout (uric acid build up in joints), and another 5.0 million suffer from fibromyalgia (tender points in joints, muscles, tendons and soft tissues).
Note: There are different data sources for some of the arthritis-related statistics, therefore case definitions and terminology also vary.
Arthritis Rheum 2008;58(1):26-35. [Data Source: NHANES]
Arthritis Rheum 2010 Jun;62(6):1576-82. [Data source: Patient Cohort, Minnesota]
Arthritis Rheum 2008;58(1):26-35. [Data Source: 1996 NHIS]
Arthirtis Rheum 2008;58(1):26-35