Understanding Arthritis

Arthritis is a general term for a group of painful conditions that involve inflammation and stiffness of the joints. The most common types are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, though there are others. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. Approximately half of all adults will develop osteoarthritis at some point. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, meaning it can occur when your immune system attacks your joints. Gout and lupus are other forms of arthritis.

Symptoms and Diagnosis of Arthritis

The most common symptoms of arthritis include joint pain, stiffness, reduced range of motion, and sensitivity to touch. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms a healthcare provider can diagnose arthritis with a physical exam or test.

Treatment Options for Arthritis

Treatments for arthritis include medications, physical therapy, and surgery.

More Information About Arthritis

Read more about Arthritis at the Arthritis Foundation.