What is arthritis?
Arthritis is the inflammation of the joints, which can result from hundreds of disorders that affect the joints and the tissues that surround them.
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The type of arthritis you have depends on its cause. These range from infection to autoimmune disorders.
How arthritis is treated depends on the type of arthritis you have. In general, anti-inflammatory medications are used.
Diagnosis of arthritis is based on the results of blood tests and your symptoms. Scans and tissue biopsies can also be performed.
There is no cure for arthritis, but medication and physical therapy can help you to manage symptoms, allowing you to live a full life.
The exact cause of arthritis is not known. There are genetic factors associated with the disease so it is likely that the disease is hereditary, but environmental causes may also contribute to its development.
People with arthritis caused by an autoimmune condition are at increased risk of infection, because their disease and/or treatment results in a weakened immune system.
The symptoms of arthritis depend on the type of arthritis you have.