Arthritis is not a single disease but rather a group of conditions that affect the health of the bone joints in the body. These disorders are referred arthritic diseases.
- Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, which are autoimmune diseases
- septic arthritis, caused by joint infection
- Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease
There are several possible causes of arthritis and that shows that can be caused by sprains and injuries from repetitive motion, sports, overexertion, and falls. Next to the pain that can be caused by a single movement, arthritic joints may be sensitive to climate change. The increased sensitivity is thought to be caused by the affected joints developing extra nerve endings and in an attempt to protect the joint from further damage. Arthritis limits it everyday activities such as walking, dressing and bathing.
Osteoarthritis is the most common one of medical conditions. About 43 million people have arthritis or other rheumatic diseases. Arthritis is actually the leading cause of disability, limiting the activities of more than 16 million adults. Arthritis results in 39 million physician visits and more than half a million hospitalizations each year. Women are affected by osteoarthritis little more often than men. Read more