Arthritis is a common condition that affects the joints and can affect one or more joints. It usually involves inflammation and causes pain and swelling around the joint that can make it stiff and reduce a full range of movement.
While arthritis is commonly associated with increasing age, it can occur at any age. There are many different types of arthritis, however the most common forms are:
- Osteoarthritis – caused by wear and tear on joints, this is more common as we age.
- Rheumatoid arthritis – an autoimmune disease that causes pain and inflammation in joints.
- Gout – caused by a build-up of uric acid in the bloodstream, is influenced by diet and family history.
- Ankylosing spondylitis – inflammation of the spine and pelvis and is more common in men than women.