AROUND 10 million people in the UK suffer every day with the symptoms of arthritis.
The disease affects people of all ages, including children - with pop star Robbie Williams revealing that the condition has affected his performances.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint.
The two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
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This is the most common type and according to the NHS, affects around 8 million people in the UK.
In most cases, it develops in adults who are aged in their late 40s or older.
It is also more common in women and those who have a family history of the condition.
Though it can occur at any age as a result of an injury.
Osteoarthritis initially affects the smooth cartilage lining of the joint.
This makes movement more difficult than usual, leading to pain and stiffness.
Most commonly affected joints are:
This form of arthritis affects more tan 400,000 in the UK and often starts when a person is between 40 and 50 years-old.
Women are three times more likely to be affected than men.
Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the body's immune system targets affected joints, which leads to pain and swelling.
What are the signs of arthritis?
Symptoms of arthritis can vary on the type you have.
It is important to see your doctor and get an accurate diagnosis if you have:
- Joint pain, tenderness and stiffness
- Inflammation in and around the joints
- Restricted movement of the joints
- Warm, red skin over the affected joint
- Weakness and muscle wasting
Is it treatable?
There is no cure for arthritis but there are treatments which can help to slow the condition down.
For osteoarthritis there are painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids drugs which can be prescribed.
In severe cases a number of surgical procedures could be recommended such as joint replacement or joint fusion.
Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis aims to slow down the condition's progress and minimise joint inflammation or swelling.
This includes painkillers, physiotherapy and regular exercise.