Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. It can affect one joint or multiple joints. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, with different causes and treatment methods. Two of the most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
The symptoms of arthritis usually develop over time, but they may also appear suddenly. Arthritis is most commonly seen in adults over the age of 65, but it can also develop in children, teens, and younger adults. Arthritis is more common in women than men and in those who are overweight.
How it can be prevented
Symptoms of arthritis
- Pain. In the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis, pain may be primarily on the outer side of the joint.
- Swelling. This is more common with rheumatoid arthritis.
- Lack of full movement.
- Pain in both elbows.