Arthritis isn’t just arthritis. It’s a surprisingly large collection of different conditions—though they all have one thing in common: achy joints.

People tend to think of arthritis as a single condition when it’s actually more than 200 different musculoskeletal conditions—all of which cause pain and inflammation in the joints. The types of arthritis fall into five main groups: inflammatory arthritis, degenerative or mechanical arthritis, soft tissue musculoskeletal pain, back pain, and connective tissue diseases (CTD). Here are the most common types—and check out these 23 natural remedies for arthritis pain.

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome mainly affects the wrists and hands. When you’re doing the same fine motor skill over and over—typing, say, or repetitive carpentry work—you can compress the median nerve that runs from your forearm to your palm. Your symptoms might be pain in the wrist or hand and/or tingling and numbness in the fingers, says Henry Dr. Goitz, MD, academic chief of sports medicine in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Detroit Medical Center Detroit Receiving Hospital. A doctor might recommend splinting your wrist to help immobilize it; some patients may need surgery to reduce pressure on the median nerve.

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