There are numerous other types of arthritis which could be classified under the common heading mixed arthritis. Arthritis deformans is a term often used to describe a certain type of arthritis. Actually, though, arthritis deformans is more a description of a condition of severe deformation from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and many other causes than a specific type of disease.

Ankylosing spondylitis is a vicious form of arthritis which mainly strikes down young males under the age of 20. It seldom occurs after age 30. Sacroiliac joints are the most frequent locations of spondylitis.

There are also infectious types of arthritis due to joint infection resulting from tuberculosis, gonorrhea, syphilis, etc.

The types of arthritis which are most topical for the purpose of this book, however, are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Together they are responsible for over 90 per cent of all the cases of arthritis in this country. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most painful and crippling type of them all, and it affects people of all ages, particularly those who are in their most active and productive period of fife.


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