Arthritis is a medical term meaning any type of joint inflammation
but the word is commonly used to refer to age-related osteoarthritis,
which is the most common type.
However, there are other types of arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis
(second-most common, affecting younger adults and juveniles),
and various types of secondary arthritis that
are caused by an underlying condition:
reactive arthritis caused by an infection,
psoriatic arthritis from psoriasis,
gonococcal arthritis from gonorrhea,
Other possible conditions with arthritis-like symptoms
include ankylosing spondylitis and gout.
Arthritis: Arthritis is an illness that can cause pain and swelling in your joints. Over time, the joint can become severely damaged. Joints are places where two bones meet, such as your elbow or knee. Some kinds of arthritis can cause problems in other organs, such as your eyes, or in your chest. It can affect your skin, too. 1
Researching symptoms of Arthritis: Further information about the symptoms of Arthritis is available including a list of symptoms of Arthritis, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of Arthritis, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.
Misdiagnosis and Arthritis: Research more detailed information about misdiagnosis of Arthritis, failure to diagnose Arthritis, underlying causes of Arthritis (possibly misdiagnosed), or research misdiagnosis of other diseases
Treatments for Arthritis: Various information is available about treatments available for Arthritis, or research treatments for other diseases.
Statistics and Arthritis:
Various sources and calculations are available in statistics about Arthritis,
prevalence and incidence statistics for Arthritis,
and you can also research other medical statistics in our statistics center.
1. excerpt from Do I have Arthritis: NIAMS
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