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What is Arthritis?
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What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a disorder of the joints, which presents with a great deal of inflammation and discomfort with any type of movement. There are over 200 kinds of rheumatic diseases – the word rheumatic means aches and pains in joints, bones and muscles.

A joint is where two bones join to form movement (ie elbow, knee). Covering each of the bones at a joint is some cartilage tissue, which stops the bones from rubbing against each other and causing damage. In arthritis, the cartilage becomes inflamed, worn or torn (depending on the type of arthritis) and does not function properly. The synovial fluid, which also protects the bones from impact as well as providing nutrients and removes toxins, surrounds the joint and is part of the joint capsule.

Some of the most common types of arthritis are:


Some facts about arthritis


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  Last reviewed: 3 January 2009 || Last updated: 8 February 2009


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Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.


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