Arthritis and other rheumatic disease can affect virtually anyone, regardless of age or race. It is known to occur in any one of the hundred joints and can cause pain, swelling and stiffness, particularly in the joints. It can also affect ligaments, tendons, bones and muscles.
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in America and strikes one in five adults and more than 300,000 children. Although there is no cure for arthritis, there are ways to minimize pain, stay mobile and stop or slow the progress of the disease progress.
The three most common forms of arthritis are Osteoarthritis (OA), a progressive degenerative joint disease and the most common form of arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), a systemic disease characterized by the inflammation of the membranes lining the joint, and Juvenile Arthritis (JA), which is any of the the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can develop in children ages 16 and younger. The cause of most types of rheumatic diseases remains unknown and, in many cases, varies depending on the type of rheumatic disease present.