Different types of arthritis exist, each with different causes including wear and tear, infections, and underlying diseases.
Symptoms include pain, swelling, reduced range of motion, and stiffness.
Medications, physical therapy, or sometimes surgery helps reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.
- joint inflammation
Consult a doctor for medical advice
Sources: Mayo Clinic and others.
More than 3 million cases per year in US
Treatment from medical professional advised
Requires a medical diagnosis
Requires lab test or imaging
More common in females
Can last several years or be lifelong
Emergency room visit recommended in severe cases
Family history may increase likelihood
Doctors will examine joint movements. Blood test and imaging tests help in diagnosing the severity of inflammation and check the progression of disease.