How do I know I have arthritis?
The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, with the former affecting nearly nine million people, especially women and people with a family history of the condition.
The latter affects more than 400,000 people and often starts when a person is between 40 and 50 years of age, targeting the hands, spine, knees and hips.
Due to the many different varieties of arthritis, symptoms may differ from person to person, but most commonly people experience tenderness and stiffness around their joints.
This is due to the thinning of the smooth cartilage in the lining of the joint. When this occurs, tendons and ligaments have to work twice as hard and as a result swelling and “bony spurs” form, known as osteophytes.
Published at Sat, 18 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000