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Arthritis is a condition which causes pain and inflammation of the joints and bones.  It's most common symptoms include:  

  • joint pain, tenderness and stiffness
  • inflammation in and around the joints
  • restricted movement of the joints
  • warmth and redness of the skin over the affected joint
  • weakness and muscle wasting

There are several different types of arthritis but the most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It's most common in people over 50 but can develop at any age, particularly after an injury or as a result of another joint condition.

In people affected by osteoarthritis, the cartilage (connective tissue) between their bones gradually wastes away, which leads to pain in the joints. The most frequently affected joints are in the hands, spine, knees and hips.

To learn more about osteoarthritis and its treatment, speak to your GP or visit the NHS website.

Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the body's immune system attacks the affected joints, causing pain and swelling.

It most commonly begins in people between the ages of 40 and 50, and women are more likely to be affected than men.

To learn more about rheumatoid arthritis and its treatment, speak to your GP or visit the NHS website.

You can find out more about the various forms of arthritis and their treatment at the NHS website.

Arthritis Actionis dedicated to helping people with arthritis to enjoy a more active life with less pain. They offer healthy eating advice, hands-on physical therapies and help with pain management.  They help people whether or not they are having medical treatment.

Arthur's Place is an online magazine and social network specifically for young people with arthritis.The site includes helpful tips for dealing with everyday life - from relationships to coping at work, facts about arthritis, great videos and apps, and a network of people sharing their stories and helping each other.

Versus Arthritis offers advice and support for people living with arthritis, as well as local workshops and support groups around the country. 

The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society has a staffed helpline, runs local support groups, and produces helpful publications for people living with rheumatoid arthritis and their families and carers.

If you are concerned about joint pain or arthritis, always consult your doctor.

Last updated: 05/07/2021