Many different things can be responsible for the breakdown of cartilage that causes arthritis. Inflammation in the joints can result from:
• An autoimmune disease where the body mistakenly attacks its own healthy cells and tissues
• A broke bone
• General wear and tear on joints caused by excessive or strenuous activity
• Infection by a bacteria or virus
Usually joint inflammation will go away after the cause is identified and treated. If it doesn’t disappear, you probably have chronic arthritis.
Typical symptoms of this condition include:
• Pain and swelling in the joints
• Limited movement of joints
• Redness of the skin surround the joint
• Joint stiffness, especially in the morning
• A feeling of warmth around the joint
If you are experiencing these symptoms, see a doctor. An appropriate treatment plan can relieve pain, improve joint function, and prevent further damage.
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