What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a complex family of musculoskeletal disorders that can affect people of all ages, races, and genders. It can take many forms but three of the most common diseases are:

Osteoarthritis (OA) – this is the most common form of arthritis. It is a progressive degenerative joint disease associated with the breakdown of joint cartilage.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic systemic inflammatory disorder. It not only affects joints but also tissues and organs.

Juvenile Arthritis (JA) describes the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can develop in children ages 16 and younger.

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