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What Is Arthritis?

The word arthritis comes from the Greek arthron meaning "joint" and the Latin itis meaning "inflammation".

Arthritis is a joint disorder featuring inflammation. A joint is an area of the body where two different bones meet. A joint functions to move the body parts connected by its bones. Arthritis literally means inflammation of one or more joints.

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Pain and swelling in your joints, especially in the smaller joints of hands and feet.
  • Generalized aching or stiffness of the joints and muscles, especially after sleep or rest period.
  • Creaky bones which can become painful and swollen.
  • Loss of motion of the affected joints.
  • Loss of strength in the muscles attached to the affected joints.
  • Fatigue, which can be severe during times of flare ups.
  • Low grade fever.
  • Deformity of the joints over time.
  • General sense of not feeling well.

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