Guest Post Courtesy of the Xtend-Life Blog
The term “arthritis” simply means “joint inflammation.” Inflammation is the body’s natural reaction to injury or disease. If it persists for a prolonged period of time, inflammation can lead to tissue damage, as in arthritis. Your joints are places where two or more bones meet. Many bones form joints which are covered with a spongy, fibrous material called cartilage. This material cushions the bone, allows free movement of the joint, and stabilizes the joint. Also, there is a lining of the joint called the synovium, a thin film of tissue that produces slippery fluid to nourish the joint and ease movement. With arthritis, the structures of the joint are inflamed and diseased, causing pain and stiffness. Types of Arthritis There are over 100 different kinds of arthritis, but the two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis – This type of arthritis occurs when the cartilage of a joint wears away.
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