Arthritis is a common condition that causes joint pain and inflammation.
There are two main types of the condition – osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Almost nine million people in the UK have sought treatment for osteoarthritis – the most common form of arthritis in the county. About 75 per cent of sufferers reported a constant joint pain.
Rheumatoid arthritis affects more than 400,000 people in the UK. One third of patients retire within two years of symptoms beginning, according to Arthritis Research UK.
Osteoarthritis is a wearing down of cartilage that line joints.
When the cartilage begins to roughen out, the tendons and ligaments have to work harder, according to the NHS.
After serious loss of cartilage, bone rubs on bone, forcing them out of their normal position.
The most common joints impacted by osteoarthritis are in the hands, spine, knees and hips.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis include joint pain and stiffness.
The joints could begin to swell, become tender, and could even make a grating sound if bone rubs on bone.
Symptoms vary from patient to patient, but the condition can make everyday life difficult for some people.
Osteoarthritis sufferers should see their GP if symptoms persist.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, where the immune system attacks cells lining joints by mistake, thinking they shouldn’t be there.
The condition can damage the joint, cartilage and bone itself.
Symptoms of the condition are similar to osteoarthritis, including joint pain, stiffness and swelling.
It can also lead to weight loss, chest pain, tiredness and a fever.