by: Blake

Definition and Stats

Inflammation or irritation of a joint is known as arthritis.

  • 50 million (22%) of adults have self-reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis.
  • 21 million (9% of all adults) have arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitation.
  • 67 million (25%) adults aged 18 years or older will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis by the year 2030.


Osteoarthritis- joint soreness, stiffness, joint pain, and deterioration of coordination.

Caused by repeated use of joints.

Rheumatoid Arthritis- warm joints, decreased range of motion, inflammation, swelling, and pain. Immune cells travel to joints and release inflammatory substances. The cause is unknown.


Treatment, Prevention, and Diagnosis


Treatment- It can be treated by medications like anti-inflammatory drugs, joint replacements, and therapy.

Prevention- Work out regularly and maintain a healthy weight.

Diagnosis- To determine if you have arthritis, your doctor will lok at your medical history, a physical exam, x-rays, and joint aspiration.


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