Arthritis is a disease that affects the joints, cartilage, bones, muscles, and connective fibers in your body. While there are over 100 different types of arthritis, the two most common that strike adults are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that mostly affects older individuals. While the exact cause of osteoarthritis is not known, it is associated with wear and tear on the joints that happen either over time or as the result of acute injury. It is most common in joints that are used often, such as those in the hands, hips, back, and legs.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. It can strike at any age and can cause pain, swelling, and reduced mobility in any joint in the body. While it is most commonly felt in the hands and fingers, it can also occur in the joints in the spinal column and in the hips.
Facet disease, also known as facet joint syndrome, is most commonly arthritis that affects the facet joints. Your facet joints are the joints found between each of your vertebrae. When they are eroded through arthritis, the result can be severe back and hip pain, as well as stiffness and difficulty with movement.