WHAT IT IS AND WHO’S AF­FECTED

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Arthri­tis refers to an in­flam­ma­tion of the joints and can be caused by some 100 dif­fer­ent diseases

The com­mon­est types of the con­di­tion in­clude os­teoarthri­tis or wearand-tear arthri­tis; in­flam­ma­tory arthri­tis, such as rheuma­toid arthri­tis or arthri­tis as­so­ci­ated with pso­ri­a­sis; and crys­tal-in­duced arthri­tis such as gout (caused by uric acid de­posits) and pseudo-gout (caused by cal­cium py­rospho­spate de­posits)

Os­teoarthri­tis causes joint pain, stiff­ness and de­creased mo­bil­ity and is more com­mon in older age.

Rheuma­toid arthri­tis is most of­ten di­ag­nosed be­tween the ages of 30 and 40 but can af­fect peo­ple of any age.

Gout most of­ten be­gins in men aged be­tween 40 and 50 and women over 60.

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