What Is Arthritis?

There are over one hundred forms of arthritis and related disorders. For instance, osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of the disease. However, you will also come across gout, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and fibromyalgia. All of these diseases have in common that they cause pain and many of them cause severe pain.

What is arthritis? It is very basically an inflammation in the body which can cause pain and swelling, and is often found in and around the joint. The fluid filled sack inside the joint becomes inflamed, and this is what causes the pain. But, as we learn more about arthritis some diseases such as Crohn’s disease and Lupus, may soon be reclassified as arthritis.

How do I Know if I Have Arthritis?

A doctor can perform a blood test to check your inflammatory response, but that may not be necessary. It is a very easy condition to diagnose, and the doctor will start by examining the affected part of the body. If it is a knee, he will flex the joint and feel all around it. If the joint offer resistance, and is less flexible, you may be diagnosed with arthritis.

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