is a very common condition. Unfortunately, it can also be very debilitating and painful. Arthritis can worsen over time, so early diagnosis and treatment are important. I would strongly recommend you see your primary care doctor
to have this evaluated. If he or she sees fit, they may refer you to a specialist who can further help.
Arthritis is a term that refers to inflammation of the joints. As you mentioned, there are two broad categories of arthritis:
1-Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of arthritis. This occurs as the joint undergoes wear and tear over many years of use. This commonly effects older adults. As we use the joint, the lubrication and cushioning wear out and then the bone on either side of the joint can touch, causing "bone on bone" pain.
2-Inflammatory arthritis. This cause of arthritis includes many diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. This generally occurs when when the body attacks the joint causing pain and inflammation. This can affect younger adults and is more common in women.
The treatments for the two types differ quite a bit. Unfortunately, if left untreated this can worsen. I would strongly recommend you see your primary care doctor to have this evaluated.