Signs and Symptoms
Arthritis is inflammation of the joints, or the point where any two bones meet, though there are several different types of arthritis that can manifest themselves in different ways. The most common forms include osteoarthritis, also known as ‘wear and tear’ arthritis that develops later in age, and rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that strikes between the ages of 30 and 60. Arthritis can also develop as a result of broken bones, bacterial infections, or viruses.
Friction between bones develops as the protective cartilage begins to deteriorate. The reduced shock absorption and rubbing cause pain, inflammation and stiffness. There are pain relievers that can help ease discomfort, but exercise, weight loss, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory foods can also play a role in the progression of the disease.