Arthritis is inflammation or swelling of one or more joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. There are several types of arthritis but most common is osteoarthritis.
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Arthritis Q & A
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a general term for conditions that affect the joints or tissues around the joint. There are more than 100 types of arthritis.
Most types of arthritis cause pain and stiffness in and around the affected joint or joints. Some types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, also affect the immune system and some internal organs of the body.
What are the most common types of arthritis?
The most common type of arthritis in the United States is osteoarthritis. Other common types of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, gout.
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
Different types of arthritis have different symptoms. Pain and stiffness in and around one or more joints are common symptoms for most types of arthritis. Depending on the type of arthritis, symptoms can develop suddenly or gradually over time. Symptoms may come and go, or persist over time.
What causes arthritis?
There are various reasons but commonly overweight and obesity, joint injuries, infection in joint and smoking can increase the risk of getting some types of arthritis or make it worse