Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints in the body. A joint is the area where two bones meet.
The most common signs and symptoms of arthritis involve the joints. Depending on the type of arthritis you have, your signs and symptoms may include: pain, stiffness, swelling, redness, and decreased range of motion.
Arthritis is caused by a reduction of the normal amount of cartilage tissue in your joints. Cartilage is a firm but flexible tissue in your joints. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are two of the most common types. Normal wear and tear causes osteoarthritis, where rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder.
The main goal in treating arthritis is to reduce the pain you are experiencing and prevent additional damage to the joints. Treatments include heating pads, ice packs or medication. Types of medications are Tylenol, hydrocodone, ibuprofen, creams that block pain signals, or prednisone or cortisone to help reduce inflammation.
Remember it is always best to see your doctor if you have pain in your joints that won’t go away.