When one or more of your joints become inflamed and painful or stiff you might be diagnosed with arthritis. Usually these symptoms get worse as you grow older. There are two common types of arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. If your condition has been labelled osteoarthritis this means that your cartilage - the pliable, slippery tissue in your joints - is breaking down. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the synovium or joint lining to break down - this type of arthritis is known as an autoimmune disorder. In treating arthritis your doctor will try to reduce the pain and stiffness in your joints so that you can enjoy a better quality of life.
Signs and symptoms
- Decreased range of motion
When to see a doctor
- When your symptoms become uncomfortable