When someone hears the word arthritis, they usually think of old folks. The truth is that arthritis can affect anyone at any age, especially when it's related to a condition like Crohn's disease. Twenty-five to 30 percent of people battling Crohn's will develop arthritis, also known as Enteropathic Arthritis. This is because both conditions are linked to abnormal immune responses that cause excess inflammation. Although arthritis typically affects joints, it can be systemic, affecting many parts of the body.Arthritis is defined as inflammation of bones and joints. It makes movement hard and painful as the joints swell and interfere with flexibility. Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, which is associated with the skin disease psoriasis, are two types of the condition that many people have heard about. Here are three others:
- Peripheral arthritis: Affects joints in the arms and legs, such as elbows, wrists, knees, and ankles. This causes no lasting damage to the joints.
- Axial arthritis: Mainly affects the lower back but can include the ribs. Occasionally causes minor damage to joints.
- Ankylosing spondylitis: A more serious form of arthritis that inflicts permanent damage to the spine, eyes, lungs, and heart valves.