What is Arthritis

Simple Facts

Arthritis is a painful disease. It can cause inflammation, joint pain and stiffness. Arthritis is a joint inflammation that causes stiffness and pain.

Main cause of this disease is being over 55 years old and also being in an industrial country.

Arthritis is actually a complex family of musculoskeletal disorders consisting of more than 100 different diseases or conditions that can affect people of all ages, races and genders.

Arthritis is not just a disease of old age. Two-thirds of people with arthritis are under the age of 65, including 300,000 children.

Each year, people with arthritis account for 44 million outpatient visits and 992,100 hospitalizations.

You can’t always prevent arthritis. Some causes—such as increasing age, family history, and gender (arthritis is more common in women) are out of your control

How to help ease the pain:

Keep a healthy diet and exercise, make sure you are not over weight because extra weight could cause more damage to the already damaged joint, avoid alcohol and purines. Whatever you do, when you are in pain, don't exercise because it will cause more pain.

Mackenzie Ellis