Arthritis is an incredibly widespread condition that affects millions of citizens around the world. There are in excess of 100 types of arthritis with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis being the most common types. They all share a common symptom; persistent joint pain.

Arthritis is a common but complex health disorder that affects millions of people worldwide and it can happen at any stage of their life. There are in excess of 100 types of arthritis. Two of the most commonly known forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis usually found in the over 55s group and basically is the result of continuous wear ant tear of the cartilage in the joints. When enough of the smooth elastic tissue that cover the surface of the bones at the joints warn away the exposed parts of bones rub against each other creating further damage, pain and stiffness. Osteoarthritis most commonly affects weight-bearing joints such as hips and knees. Symptoms of osteoarthritis include joint stiffness, pain, swelling, heat, joint locking and tenderness.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that affects every connective tissue in the body. There is not known cause and anyone at any age can be affected. It is more common with women than men. It is a progressive contrition that eventually destroys tissues and cartilage around the joints causing scar tissue to build in the space between the joints. This results in joint to fusion and permanent damage.

Pain, swelling and inflammation are common symptoms in rheumatoid arthritis but, what can distinguish it from other forms of arthritis is the location and number of joints involved. Areas affected include the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and hands. Symptoms are not necessarily present at all times, but they are never to far away. If the condition left unchecked it can result in damage of the heart, eyes and nerves.

To this moment, there is not a cure for arthritis of any type. Effective treatment is considered any treatment that can control the progression of the disease and ease suffering. An effective treatment consists of drug therapy, exercise, physical therapy, and in some case's surgery. Treatment will be more effective and prevent permanent damage, if it begins early after diagnosis. Besides drugs such as anti-inflammatory and corticosteroids there are many nutritional supplements reported to be beneficial in the treatment of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and joint inflammation. Chondroitin Sulfate, Glocosamine Sulfate and Vitamin C taken together with Vitamin D are such supplements. Research still continues.

In conclusion, arthritis is a incredibly widespread condition that affects millions of citizens around the world. There are in excess of 100 types of arthritis with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis being the most common types. They all share a common symptom; persistent joint pain. Common effective treatment includes drug therapy, exercise, physical therapy massage and nutritional supplements. Early diagnosis and treatment produces better long term control and reduces the risk of permanent damage.