Arthritis is the inflammation and tenderness of one or more joints and usually affects the surrounding tissues and connective tissues. While the term arthritis includes over 100 different conditions, the most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease, and rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease affecting multiple organs of the body. While they are two distinctly different diseases, both occur more commonly in women than men.
Biology, genetic predisposition, hormones and lifestyle and environmental factors are all thought to play a role in the development of arthritis.
Many of the common signs and symptoms of arthritis involve the joints. Some signs and symptoms may include;
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