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Learning the Basics About Arthritis

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Arthritis is a general term for more than 100 rheumatic diseases. According to the Arthritis Foundation, some form of arthritis affects over a million Americans. This article answers the commonly asked questions about arthritis.

What is arthritis?

Arthritis refers to more than 100 rheumatic diseases. Arthritis is characterized by joint inflammation, pain, heat in the affected area and reduced physical function.

The most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Osteoarthritis is caused by the “wear and tear” of joints and commonly affects the knees, hip and back. Approximately 20 million Americans have osteoarthritis, making it the most common form of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that typically affects people aged 25-50, and women two to three times more often than men. (more…)

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