Many people think that arthritis is a specific condition but it’s actually a general term for joint disease or joint pain and in fact, there are over 100 different types of arthritis in addition to conditions related to arthritis. It’s a complex health issue with many different variables.
Although arthritis is often associated with an older population and there are types of arthritis that are more common among older adults, anyone, even young people can be affected. Arthritis can afflict both genders but it’s more common in women than in men.
Arthritis symptoms can vary depending on the type of arthritis and the individual involved. The most common symptoms include:
Reduced range of motion
In some cases, symptoms such as stiffness, inflammation and pain in joints progress gradually over time, leading to a debilitating situation with advanced age. In other cases, painful arthritis symptoms come and go over the years. There may be long stretches with no issues and then the symptoms may crop up again, eventually worsening later in life.