Arthritis — too many questions

Question

1. What age groups of people does arthritis affect most? 2. How serious of a problem is arthritis for people? 3. What are the treatment options for people diagnosed with arthritis? 4. If someone doesn

Answer

HI Jonah,

It would take two weeks to answer all of your questions.  However, if you browse through our site, I think you will find the answers to some of your questions.  I’ll answer one now — yes, teenagers can get arthritis, usually a juvenile form of rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis.  These are both treatable.  Without treatment, there is progressive damage to the joints, though, and likely significant disability.

Joan Bathon, M.D.

About Joan Bathon, M.D.

Dr. Bathon was a Co-Deputy Director of the Division of Rheumatology at Hopkins Bayview. She was also the founder and director of the Hopkins Arthritis Center.