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What Is Arthritis?

Arthritis Awareness Month

Arthritis isn’t a single disease—it’s an umbrella term for over 100 conditions that cause pain and inflammation in a joint. According to the Arthritis Foundation, it’s the nation’s #1 cause of disability, affecting nearly 60 million adults and hundreds of thousands of children.

In honor of Arthritis Awareness Month, we’re shedding light on this common condition. Learn about the different types, the causes and symptoms and helpful ways you can manage it.

Are There Different Types of Arthritis?

Yes, there are more than 100 different forms of arthritis and related diseases. Let’s dive into a few.


Osteoarthritis, also known as “wear and tear” arthritis, is the most common type of arthritis. It is a degenerative joint disease that occurs when the cartilage that cushions and protects the ends of your bones wears away over time. The chronic condition affects mostly middle-aged and older adults in their hands, hips and knees.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation in your joints and organs. Your immune system mistakenly attacks your healthy joint tissue, leading to swelling and pain at the site. It usually starts to show up between the ages of 30 and 60, but anyone can develop rheumatoid arthritis.

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic Arthritis is an inflammatory autoimmune joint disease that mainly affects people with psoriasis, a chronic skin condition. When symptoms flare up, you may notice a “sausage-like” swelling in your fingers and toes, as well as pitted or misshapen fingernails.

What Causes Arthritis

There are many reasons you may develop arthritis. Some joints naturally wear down as you age and can become swollen after lifelong use. Others may become inflamed due to an autoimmune disease or other health conditions. Environmental factors and lifestyle choices, such as smoking, obesity or a past joint injury, can also play a role.

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What Are the Symptoms of Arthritis

Arthritis symptoms vary depending on the type and severity of the condition. Common symptoms include:

  • Joint pain
  • Stiffness or reduced range of motion
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Skin discoloration
  • Grating sensation
  • Bone spurs

At What Age Does Arthritis Begin

Arthritis symptoms start to appear at different times depending on what type you have and what’s causing it. Generally, osteoarthritis shows up in adults over 50, while rheumatoid arthritis tends to start between ages 30 and 60. Other types that have a clearer cause typically begin closer to that specific trigger.

How to Manage and Treat Arthritis

The primary goal of arthritis treatment is to alleviate symptoms and enhance joint function. You may need to experiment with various treatments or a combination of strategies to identify the most effective approach for your specific needs. These management solutions may involve medication, physical therapy and lifestyle modifications.

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What Home Upgrades Could Help a Person Living With Arthritis?

Upgrading your traditional bathtub to a walk-in tub can be life-changing if you or a loved one have arthritis. On days when your symptoms flare up, you can easily step over the low threshold for a secure entry and close the door with minimal effort using the no-strength locking handle. Additionally, walk-in tubs with air therapy and hydrotherapy jets deliver total-body relief for sore and stiff joints associated with arthritis, while red chromotherapy light helps soothe inflammation and promote healing.

To see the real-world difference walk-in tubs make for people with arthritis, watch Kaitlyn and Anna Grace’s story.

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