Arthritis is very common but is not well understood. Arthritis is not a single disease, it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. In total, there are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. People of all ages, sexes and races can and do have arthritis, and it is the leading cause of disability in America. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis. It is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older. Common symptoms include pain, swelling, reduced range of motion, and stiffness. While there is no cure, medications, physical therapy, or sometimes surgery helps reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.
Learn more by visiting the Arthritis Foundation.