Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation in the joints, often occurring in more than one joint at a time. While arthritis typically occurs in those aged 65 or over, it can affect people of all ages. Arthritis affects women more, and it can also be a problem for those who are overweight. There are over 100 different types of arthritis, each one producing myriad symptoms. Many of these symptoms seem to develop over time, but some materialize very quickly.
Joint pain is one of the most obvious symptoms of all types of arthritis. This pain can range from dull and achy to severe, sometimes feeling like pins and needles, and it can occur when the body is at rest or when it is in motion. This generally affects both sides of the body, and it happens most commonly in the joints in the fingers and the wrists. However, pain is also experienced in the knees, ankles, feet, and shoulders. This pain can make it difficult or uncomfortable to engage in common activities like walking, standing for long periods of time and sitting at a desk.
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