Arthritis is often referred to as if it were a single disease, but in fact is arthritis is an umbrella term used for a group of more than 100 medical conditions that collectively affect nearly 46 million adults and 300,000 children in America alone.
The most common form of arthritis - osteoarthritis is most common in those over 60, arthritis in its various forms can start as early as infancy. Some types affect people in their young-adult years as they are beginning careers and families and still others begin during the peak career and child-rearing years.
An estimated 50 million adults in the United States reported being told by a doctor that they have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia.
Symptoms of Arthritis
A person suffering from arthritis may experience any of the following:
- Joint pain
- Joint swelling
- Stiffness, especially in the morning
- Warmth around a joint
- Redness of the skin around a joint
- Reduced ability to move the joint
There are ways that you can help your arthritis symptoms without medication, check out the attached list for 5 ways to help your arthritis.