Arthritis is inflammation of the joints. There are several types of arthritis, and the most common is osteoarthritis. Arthrosis is another name for osteoarthritis and can affect any joint in the body, though it occurs most often in fingers, knees, hips, and neck. It affects a person’s bones and ligaments, as well, and is caused by wear and tear on the joints and cartilage. The chances of developing this condition increase with age.
People with arthrosis can develop a range of symptoms, including swelling, pain, and stiffness in and around the affected joints. Tenderness and a reduced range of movement are common. Some people experience sounds in the joints, such as clicking, clunking, and crunching, and redness of the skin in the affected regions. Often, individuals with the condition develop muscle weakness and joint instability. They may also experience mood changes leading to depression.
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