Arthritis refers to the inflammation of one or more of your joints. Pain, stiffness and hard to move joints and bones are characteristics of this joint disorder. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and according to statistics, this unpleasant condition affects more than 50 million Americans.
The most common form of arthritis affecting the population is osteoarthritis. This form of arthritis occurs when the cartilage between bones and joints begins to wear down. Made of collagen and other proteins, cartilage offers a cushion to the ends of the bones. It also helps to make connective tissue both flexible and strong. Once the breakdown of cartilage occurs, the loss of protection and cushion results in the bones rubbing together. Soon it becomes increasingly painful and difficult to carry out simple, everyday tasks.
Another common type of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This form of arthritis occurs as a result of chronic inflammation, which then causes the immune system to attack the joints and other parts of the body.
Arthritis can cause a number of complications. These include bone death, stress fractures and bleeding inside the joints.
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