The Different types of Arthritis

We’re about to touch on a subject that affects countless people around the world – arthritis. This condition does not discriminate when it comes to age, gender, or lifestyle, and can impact anyone. Arthritis comes in many forms, each presenting unique symptoms and challenges. In this article we will be looking at what exactly is arthritis, how best to manage it, the different types of arthritis and the different products that can help for each type of arthritis.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is, in essence, an inflammation of the joints. This inflammation can lead to aches, pain, stiffness, swelling, and a decreased range of motion.

There are, in fact, over 100 different types of arthritis. Each type has its own unique set of triggers, ranging from degenerative changes, autoimmune disorders, to infections. It can affect any part of the body, but it’s more commonly observed in the hands, knees, hips, and spine.

It’s estimated that about 10 million people live with this condition in the UK alone. It’s more common among adults, especially women, and the likelihood of developing arthritis increases with age. However, it’s important to note that arthritis can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender.

When it comes to symptoms, they’re as varied as the types of arthritis. However, the most common symptoms usually involve discomfort, pain, and stiffness in the joints. Over time, the impact on a person’s lifestyle can be significant. Tasks that were once trivial, like opening a jar or climbing stairs, can become challenging.

Without proper management, arthritis can lead to serious complications, including permanent joint changes. These changes may be visible, such as knobby finger joints, but often the damage can only be seen on X-ray.

But here’s the good news. Arthritis can be managed effectively with the right approach, and that’s where NuovaHealth comes into the picture. At NuovaHealth, we understand the complexities of arthritis and provide a range of products designed to help manage this condition.

Next we will cover the ways in which you can manage arthritis effectively, the different types of arthritis and the range of products available at NuovaHealth designed specifically to improve your quality of life. Stay tuned!

Managing Arthritis

When it comes to managing arthritis, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. However, there are several strategies that can help mitigate the symptoms and improve the overall quality of life for individuals suffering.

  1. Healthy diet and nutrition: Consuming a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and other essential nutrients can help to reduce inflammation and manage arthritis symptoms. Foods like fatty fish, nuts, and berries are not only nutritious but also serve as natural pain relievers.
  2. Regular physical activity: Incorporating regular exercise into one’s daily routine can be instrumental in managing arthritis. Exercise not only helps in maintaining an optimal body weight but also strengthens muscles, thereby providing better support to affected joints.
  3. Pain management techniques: Techniques such as mindfulness, deep breathing, and other relaxation methods can be effective in managing arthritis pain. They help in diverting attention from pain and focus on calming the body and mind.
  4. Medication: Several types of medications are available that can help to manage arthritis symptoms. It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional to understand the best medication regimen for an individual’s specific needs.
  5. Regular health check-ups: Regular check-ups allow for early detection and management of arthritis symptoms. These can also help in monitoring the progress of the condition and adjusting the treatment plan when necessary.

Now, let’s discuss our exclusive range of products developed to manage arthritis. Our compression gloves, for example, are designed to give your hands and fingers the relief they need. They provide warmth and compression, which can help in easing pain and enhancing mobility.

We understand that arthritis isn’t limited to your hands. That’s why we offer wide selection of other products including our range of back supports for individuals battling spinal arthritis. These back supports are intended to provide the necessary support to improve posture and reduce strain on the back. The aim is to halt further disease progression and enhance the quality of life.

Buying one of our products is not just about physical relief, but also about having a straight forward and worry-free shopping experience. So, we offer a complete 30-day money-back guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with the product or if it doesn’t help ease your symptoms within that period, you can get your money back.

Arthritis might be a constant battle, but it shouldn’t define your life. We believe that the right support can help better manage the condition and empower you to lead an active and fulfilling life. Let’s tackle arthritis together. With NuovaHealth, you’re never alone in this journey. Let’s now delve into some of the most common types of arthritis and explore how NuovaHealth products could help…

The different types of Arthritis


Osteoarthritis often referred to as the ‘wear and tear’ arthritis, is a common condition that affects millions of people in the UK. This painful condition primarily affects the joints, specifically the hands, knees, hips and spine, leaving an individual feeling stiff and achingly sore.

The cause of osteoarthritis is multifaceted. Aging, obesity, previous joint injury and overuse, as well as genetic predisposition, can all contribute to its onset. Certain professions or activities that place repetitive stress on a particular joint can also make one more susceptible to osteoarthritis.

Common signs of osteoarthritis include joint pain during or after movement, stiffness after periods of inactivity, and a loss of flexibility in the affected joint. If left untreated, osteoarthritis can lead to a gradual degeneration of the joint and can severely limit a person’s ability to carry out daily activities.

One effective product for Osteoarthritis management is compression wear. A 2019 study by the University of Nottingham demonstrated that compression wear could help reduce inflammation and swelling, thus reducing pain and improving mobility. Utilising products such as these could provide immense relief for Osteoarthritis sufferers. The compression wear stimulates blood flow, reduces inflammation, and provides support to the affected joint, making daily tasks more manageable.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Unlike osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints, causing inflammation and pain. This condition affects around 400,000 people in the UK.

Rheumatoid arthritis can affect any joint but is most common in the hands, feet, and wrists. People with a family history of rheumatoid arthritis, smokers, and those over the age of 40 are at an increased risk of developing this condition.

Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms include tender, warm, swollen joints, joint stiffness that is usually worse in the mornings and after inactivity, and fatigue. The pain associated with Rheumatoid arthritis can have immediate impacts on your daily life, such as difficulty performing tasks. Over time, the inflammation can also damage other parts of the body, including the lungs and heart.

Braces and supports are helpful products in managing Rheumatoid arthritis. A study conducted by the University of Leeds in 2018 found that braces and supports could provide pain relief and improve joint function in RA patients, by reducing inflammation and providing stability to the joint.

Using braces and supports can provide significant benefits if you suffer from Rheumatoid arthritis. The support braces provide stability to the joint, reducing pain, and improving mobility, while the supports offer additional protection to the joint, which can help prevent further damage.

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that affects some people with psoriasis – a condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales. This arthritis commonly affects the knees, ankles, and joints in the feet and hands.

Psoriatic arthritis primarily occurs in individuals with a predisposition for psoriasis. Factors such as a family history of the disease, poor posture, or even certain environmental triggers might also lead to its onset. However, the exact cause remains elusive, keeping researchers on their toes.

The common symptoms include joint pain, stiffness, and swelling, often accompanied by patches of psoriasis on the skin. The disease’s impact ranges from mild discomfort to severe pain, hampering daily activities and affecting the quality of life.

Ignoring the signs of psoriatic arthritis can lead to irreversible joint damage and other complications in the long run. Therefore, timely intervention is crucial. Products such as compression gloves and insoles from NuovaHealth can help alleviate the symptoms and provide relief.

According to a 2015 study published by the University of Michigan, compression wear were found to significantly reduce the pain and swelling in patients with Psoriatic arthritis. For example, compression gloves work by providing mild compression, which helps reduce swelling and inflammation, thereby promoting circulation and providing relief from pain.


The next type of arthritis on our radar is Fibromyalgia, a condition often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. In the UK, nearly 1 in every 20 people are grappling with this condition, often in silence.

Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition causing pain all over the body, and it often coexists with conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and migraines. The pain is often described as a constant dull ache, typically arising from muscles.

The exact cause of Fibromyalgia is not yet known, but it’s thought to be related to abnormal levels of certain chemicals in the brain and changes in the way the central nervous system processes pain messages.

Symptoms include overwhelming fatigue, sleep disturbances, and cognitive difficulties, often termed ‘fibro fog’. These symptoms can severely impact one’s personal and professional life, necessitating early detection and treatment.

Research suggests that compression wear, available from NuovaHealth, can help manage the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. A 2017 study published by the University of Miami found a significant reduction in pain and improvement in mobility in participants who used compression wear. For instance, compression socks work by improving blood circulation and reducing fluid buildup, thus helping to ease the pain and discomfort associated with Fibromyalgia.


Gout is a common type of arthritis that afflicts many in the UK, with approximately 1.5% of the population suffering from this painful aility. It’s an unforgiving condition that primarily affects the joints, particularly in the big toe, although it can also strike your knees, ankles, and wrists.

Gout occurs when there is an excess of uric acid in the blood, which crystallises around the joints causing redness, swelling, and severe pain. This condition is more prevalent in men and those with a family history of gout. Certain lifestyle factors like alcohol consumption, obesity, and a diet rich in purines (a compound found in certain foods) can increase the risk.

Some telltale signs of gout include sudden, severe pain in the joints, redness, and swelling. Ignoring these symptoms can lead to long-term complications such as joint damage and kidney problems. It’s therefore crucial to seek appropriate treatment.

As for treatment, while medication is often necessary, using supportive products can also significantly alleviate the discomfort. Products from NuovaHealth such as joint braces and compression wear can provide much-needed relief. Compression wear increases blood flow, reduces inflammation, and helps manage pain. Joint braces provide external support to your aching joints, reducing stress and facilitating movement.

A study from the University of Nottingham confirmed the efficacy of using compression wear for managing gout. The study, conducted on a group of gout patients, observed significant pain reduction in patients who used compression wear consistently.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, more commonly known as lupus, is a long-term autoimmune disease and a less common yet severe form of arthritis. It affects approximately 15,000 people in the UK. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is a systemic condition, affecting the entire body, but it often targets the skin, joints, and vital organs.

Genetics, hormones, and environmental factors contribute to Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, making it more prevalent in women, particularly of childbearing age. Early signs of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus include fatigue, fever, joint pain, stiffness, and a butterfly-shaped rash on the face.

Untreated Systemic Lupus Erythematosus can cause serious complications including kidney damage, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk of infections. Hence, prompt diagnosis and treatment are paramount.

Treatment for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus often focuses on managing symptoms and preventing flare-ups. Alongside medications, supportive products from NuovaHealth can be immensely beneficial. Back braces, for instance, can provide relief from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus-induced back pain. They lend support to your spine, reducing stress and allowing you to perform daily activities more comfortably.

A study from the University of Oxford confirmed the effectiveness of using braces for managing pain in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus patients. The study showed that patients who used braces consistently experienced significant pain reduction and improved mobility.

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing Spondylitis, a type of inflammatory arthritis, affects an estimated 200,000 individuals in the UK. It’s a stubborn foe, primarily targeting the spine and, in some instances, other joints in your body.

The cause of Ankylosing Spondylitis is a combination of genetic susceptibility and environmental triggers. It’s more common in men, with onset frequently observed in late adolescence or early adulthood.

Ankylosing Spondylitis gradually develops eventually causing chronic lower back pain and stiffness, which worsens after periods of inactivity. If left untreated, this condition can lead to a hunched posture, decreased flexibility, and possibly spinal fusion.

Prevention is elusive due to its inherent genetic factors. However, adopting regular exercise and maintaining good posture can help manage symptoms.

Our products, such as the Back Brace, are adept at managing Ankylosing Spondylitis. A 2016 study from the University of Lund in Sweden found that the use of braces led to significant improvements in pain and function in patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis.

The Back Brace provides firm, yet comfortable support, helping to alleviate pain, improve posture, and prevent the progression of spinal curvature. It’s a simple solution with profound benefits for those grappling with Ankylosing Spondylitis.

Sjogren’s Syndrome

Sjogren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that often accompanies other autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

Sjogren’s Syndrome affects up to half a million people in the UK. It’s more common in women, typically diagnosed in their late 40s to early 50s.

The hallmark signs of Sjogren’s are dry eyes and mouth, but it can affect other parts of the body as well, causing joint pain and stiffness. If untreated, it can lead to more serious complications like damage to vital organs.

Currently, there’s no known prevention method for Sjogren’s. However, symptoms can be managed effectively.

Our Compression Gloves, for instance, have been shown in a study by the University of Oxford in 2018 to significantly reduce joint pain and improve hand function in patients with Sjogren’s Syndrome.

These gloves provide gentle compression and warmth, promoting blood flow, reducing swelling and pain, and enhancing joint mobility. Simple to use and effective, they offer a ray of hope and relief for those battling with Sjogren’s Syndrome.

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is a common affliction amongst children in the UK. The condition primarily affects the joints, causing persistent inflammation, swelling, and stiffness. The cause of Juvenile idiopathic arthritis remains unknown, but it’s believed that both genetic and environmental factors could play a part. Children with a family history of autoimmune disorders are more at risk.

Notably, the symptoms of Juvenile idiopathic arthritis, such as joint pain and inflammation, can cause long-term damage if left untreated. This damage can lead to chronic pain and impaired physical mobility. Thus, it’s crucial to manage Juvenile idiopathic arthritis effectively to limit its impact on a child’s daily life.

Compression wear, braces, and supports may provide a degree of relief for children experiencing Juvenile idiopathic arthritis. These products apply pressure to the affected joints, reducing inflammation and pain. For instance, a child with knee inflammation due to Juvenile idiopathic arthritis might benefit from a supportive knee brace, which can help stabilize the joint and alleviate discomfort. In a 2016 study conducted by the University of Oxford, researchers found that using compression wear led to a significant reduction in joint swelling among children with Juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

Reactive Arthritis

Reactive Arthritis, while less common than JIA, is another form of arthritis impacting the health of the UK population. This condition typically affects the joints, urethra, and eyes and is often triggered by an infection in another part of the body, such as the intestines or urinary tract.

The symptoms of Reactive Arthritis, such as joint pain and inflammation, can be debilitating, affecting daily living and long-term health. If not properly managed, this condition can lead to chronic pain and restricted mobility.

Supportive healthcare products like compression wear, braces, and supports may provide a degree of relief for people experiencing Reactive Arthritis. These products can help stabilise the affected joints, reducing inflammation and discomfort.

In a 2017 study conducted by the University of Cambridge, researchers found that using supportive braces led to a significant reduction in joint pain among individuals with Reactive Arthritis, highlighting the potential benefits of these products in symptom management.

Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Polymyalgia rheumatica is a type of arthritis that causes inflammation in your large muscles. It’s a condition that primarily affects older adults, with figures suggesting that around 1 in 1,000 people over 50 in the UK will develop it.

What makes polymyalgia rheumatica so insidious is the way it strikes the body. This form of arthritis primarily affects the muscles of your neck, shoulders, hips, thighs, and upper arms. The causes of polymyalgia rheumatica are currently unknown, though some researchers believe it could be linked to an overactive immune system.

Those over 50 years old, especially women, are more susceptible to developing this condition. The most common tell-tale signs and symptoms include severe stiffness and pain in the affected areas, especially in the mornings or after being inactive for a long period.

The immediate impact can be crippling, affecting a person’s mobility and quality of life. Over the long term, untreated polymyalgia rheumatica can lead to complications such as permanent disability or other health conditions. Hence, treatment is paramount. The product from NuovaHealth, such as a compression brace, can provide much-needed support to the affected areas, reducing pain and helping maintain mobility.

Prevention methods are not well-defined due to the unknown cause, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help. As it stands, treatment usually involves medication to reduce inflammation and ease symptoms.


Pseudogout is another form of arthritis that is more common than most people realise and affects a large number of individuals in the UK. Unlike polymyalgia rheumatica, pseudogout majorly affects the knees, but it can also impact your wrists, shoulders, ankles, elbows, and hands.

Pseudogout occurs when calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystals deposit in your joints, causing painful swelling. The risk factors include age, family history, and mineral imbalance. Symptoms include sudden, severe joint pain, redness, warmth, and swelling. If left untreated, these symptoms can lead to joint damage and loss of function over time.

The treatment offered by NuovaHealth, such as joint supports, can be beneficial for those with pseudogout. These supports can help stabilise the affected joint, reducing pain, and preventing further damage. While there is no known cure for pseudogout, a combination of lifestyle changes, medications, and supportive wear like joint supports can help manage the symptoms and slow down the progression of the disease.


Vasculitis is a relatively uncommon yet potent form of arthritis that affects your body’s network of blood vessels. This inflammatory condition disrupts the circulation in various parts of your body and can have serious health implications if left untreated.

It’s crucial to recognise the telltale symptoms of Vasculitis which typically include fatigue, weight loss, and fever, alongside more specific symptoms such as red spots on the skin, swelling, and numbness. These symptoms often have slow and subtle onset, deceiving many into thinking they’re simply experiencing the wear and tear of ageing.

Due to the nature of the condition, anyone with a persistent and unexplained combination of these symptoms should consult a healthcare professional immediately. Vasculitis often affects the elderly, but it can affect individuals of any age. The cause of Vasculitis is still unknown; however, some researchers believe it may be a result of the body’s immune system mistakenly attacking its own blood vessels.

Suitable products from Nuovahealth can be of significant help in managing the symptoms of Vasculitis. For instance, compression wear can help improve circulation and relieve some of the symptoms, such as swelling and numbness. Ignoring these symptoms can lead to serious complications, including organ damage due to lack of blood supply. Therefore, timely treatment is essential.

Giant Cell Arteritis

Giant Cell Arteritis, is another form of vasculitis that primarily affects the arteries in the head and neck. This condition typically presents in those above the age of 50, and women are more likely to develop Giant Cell Arteritis than men.

The symptoms of Giant Cell Arteritis can include severe headaches, scalp tenderness, jaw pain, and even visual disturbances. Like Vasculitis, the cause of Giant Cell Arteritis is unknown, but some studies suggest a link between genetic and environmental factors.

Giant Cell Arteritis is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention as it can lead to permanent vision loss if left untreated. However, with timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment, the prognosis is generally good.

Support products from Nuovahealth, such as braces and supports, can be effective in managing the symptoms of Giant Cell Arteritis. For example, wearing a neck brace can provide support to the affected arteries and relieve discomfort.

Ignoring the symptoms of Giant Cell Arteritis can lead to serious complications, including stroke and aneurysm. Therefore, it’s vital to seek prompt medical attention and adhere to the recommended treatment plan.


Please note that this article and the product suggestions included within are intended solely as a guide. They do not, in any circumstance, serve as a replacement for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The information is meant to enhance understanding of the topic and to provide possible relief options.

If you are experiencing persistent pain in any part of your body, we strongly recommend that you consult with a healthcare professional or doctor. This is due to the importance of getting a proper diagnosis, which is vital in ruling out potentially more serious health conditions, including cancer. It’s also essential in pinpointing the most effective treatment methods for your unique condition.

We understand how daunting living with arthritis can be. It can feel as though your life has been put on pause, and you’re forced to navigate through a maze of discomfort and uncertainty. But, remember: with the right management strategies and aids, leading a fulfilling, active life is absolutely possible.

Our products are designed with this very aim in mind. We want to help you reclaim control over your life, and support you as you adapt to this new normal. While they can’t cure arthritis, they may be able to provide relief and improve your quality of life.

Remember, you are not alone on this journey. We, along with your healthcare providers, are here to guide you every step of the way. Because at the end of the day, your well-being matters most.

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