What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint.
In the UK, more than 10 million people have arthritis or other, similar conditions that affect the joints.
Arthritis affects people of all ages, including children.
Common causes of arthritis include:
- wear and tear of cartilage in joints
- metabolic abnormalities- there is imbalance of many chemical substances in the body
- infection (bacterial or vral)
- autoimmune disease- the body mistakenly fights its own cells
Risk factors include:
- family history
- age - increases with age
- gender - women are more likely to develop arthritis.