Arthritis is not just one disease. Instead, it is the term given to describe over 100 types of diseases that cause joint inflammation. According to the Arthritis Foundation, over 50 million adults in the United States and 300,000 children have some form of arthritis. Common types of arthritis include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and infectious arthritis.
Symptoms of arthritis can vary, but often include the following:
- Joint pain
- Decreased range of motion
- Redness of the skin
Arthritis pain can interfere with everyday activities, such as work, recreation, and family responsibilities. Treatment for arthritis may vary depending on the form of disease you have and may include corticosteroids medications, pain medication, and joint replacement surgery.
Fortunately, there are also some natural things that you can do to ease discomfort and improve your quality of life.