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Arthritis

What is arthritis?

Symptoms of arthritis

Causes of arthritis

Remedies for arthritis

What is arthritis?

Arthritis means inflammation of joints. There are over 100 forms of arthritis.

The most common is osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), caused by prior trauma to or infection of the joint (wear and tear). It usually occurs in older people.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that can affect anyone at any age. It affects not only the joints of the fingers, wrists, hips, knees, and feet, but also the muscles, tendons and other tissues of the body. Other forms of arthritis include psoriatic arthritis, and autoimmune diseases in which the body attacks itself. Septic arthritis is caused by joint infection.

Arthritis is the most common form of disability in the USA, with over 20 million people severely affected. Arthritis can make it difficult for the sufferer to get sufficient exercise, so contributing to an increased risk of obesity, heart and artery disease, and other degenerative diseases. People with arthritis are also at increased risk of depression, probably because of a fear of worsening symptoms and decreasing ability to work and contribute. More than three quarters of people over the age of 50 in rich countries like the USA experience arthritis in some form, to some degree.

Symptoms of arthritis

Causes of arthritis

Remedies for arthritis