Arthritis diseases and disorders


Arthritis is not a single disease. There are more than a 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions, affecting people of all ages, sexes and races. It is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and other countries.
Common arthritis joint symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. The symptoms may come and go and be mild, moderate or severe. They may stay about the same for years, but also may progress or get worse over time. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and difficulty in walking or climbing stairs. Arthritis can cause permanent joint changes visible or invisible. Some types of arthritis also affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys, skin as well as the joints.
In the U.S., for example, it is presumed that at least 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis. It is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older.

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More descriptions will be added later on.

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The information was obtained through the cooperation of doctors, hospitals, ACR, EULAR and patient organizations.

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