Arthritis is a joint disorder which is characterized by inflammation of the joints. This disorder has over 100 different types, with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis being the most prominent ones. Traditionally considered as the disease of the elderly, it can affect individuals in any age group. It affects millions across the globe irrespective of their racial background, age or sex. Severe pain in the joints is the most common complaint by sufferers of arthritis.

Some of the common symptoms of arthritis include intense pain, joint stiffness, swelling, difficulty in using the hands or even walking, loss of weight, tiredness, tenderness, poor sleep and muscle aches and pains. Arthritis renders individuals physically inactive, obese, and at high risk of heart diseases. Patients of this disease are especially vulnerable to depression.

While there is no care available for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, one may experience relief with certain lifestyle changes, medications, orthopedic braces and joint replacement. Reduction in inflammation with medications results in decrease in pain.