What is arthritis?
Arthritis comes from the Greek words for joint inflammation.
There are over many types of arthritis. The most common is osteoarthritis which is a degenerative joint disease. This generally occurs as a result of trauma to the joint, when a joint becomes infected, or due to old age. Inflammation isn't so much a part of it. Some of the other forms of arthritis are psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It sometimes occurs as part of autoimmune diseases. When it is caused purely by infection, it is called septic arthritis.
Many experience pain in association with the condition. It can result in stiffness or an inability to use the joint. In some cases it is considered the primary disease. In other cases, like psoriatic arthritis, it is considered the secondary disease.
What causes arthritis?
Arthritis is caused by inflammation, but what causes inflammation? Inflammation is the process by which the body protects itself from infection by producing white blood cells and immune proteins. But in many types of arthritis the inflammation is caused by the body thinking it is being attacked when it isn't. These are called autoimmune diseases. They can even lead to the body damaging its own tissues.
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