"Arth-"=Joint + "-itis"=Inflammation.
Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. Pain, swelling, and stiffness are the primary symptoms of arthritis. Any joint in the body may be affected by the disease, but it is particularly common in the knee, hip shoulders and hands.
Arthritis can make it hard to do many everyday activities, such as walking or climbing stairs. It is a major cause of lost work time and a serious disability for many people.
The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (a subset of “inflammatory arthritis”), but there are more than 100 different forms.
Although there is no “cure” for arthritis, there are many treatment options available to help manage pain and keep people staying active.