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Arthritis refers to a category of diseases that involve inflammation in one or more of your joints. Symptoms of arthritis include:
The symptoms of arthritis typically come and go in the form of flare-ups.
A number of factors can cause or worsen arthritis, such as:
Lifestyle factors, such as nutrition and physical activity level, might also be involved with arthritis.
Some of the risk factors for arthritis might be out of your control, such as aging, genetics, and previous joint injuries.
Arthritis has many different types.
When your body’s immune system attacks the lining of the joint capsule (the synovial membrane), you have rheumatoid arthritis. In addition to causing swelling and inflammation in the joints, the disease process can destroy and damage cartilage and bone over time.
Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that involves the gradual damage and wear-and-tear to the cartilage in your joints.
More severe osteoarthritis can lead to bone grinding directly on bone. Bone friction is painful and limits movement. An infection or an injury can exacerbate or trigger osteoarthritis.
There are other arthritic and inflammatory conditions, such as ankylosing spondylitis. These conditions can be associated with bacteria, genetics, and environmental factors.
Ankylosing spondylitis also causes the immune system to attack itself. Widespread painful inflammation throughout the body can even affect organ systems like the eyes.
Your physician discusses your medical history and symptoms, performs a physical exam, and evaluates your joints for signs of inflammation and arthritis.
Your physician might suggest additional testing, such as an X-ray or MRI, or joint fluid, blood, or urine tests.
To treat and manage your arthritis, your physician might recommend:
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