The term Arthritis is used to describe many diseases that cause tenderness, pain, swelling, and joint stiffness. Osteoarthritis, which is the most common form of arthritis, occurs when the cartilage around the joint wears out. This in turn causes the bones in the joint to rub together, creating inflammation and pain. Most forms of arthritis can occur in any joint, including spine joints. Osteoarthritis of the spine can lead to lost flexibility, bone spurs (osteophytes), irritated nerves, spinal stenosis, and sciatica. The terms spondylosis or degenerative joint disease are also used interchangeably with osteoarthritis.

Warning Signs Of Inflammatory Arthritis

There are many forms of inflammatory arthritis; signs that are typical for most include:

  • Pain, swelling and stiffness in one or multiple joints

  • Morning stiffness in and around the affected joints lasting at least an hour

  • Pain and stiffness that intensifies with inactivity and improves with physical activity.

  • Reduced range of motion

  • Occasionally, fever, weight loss, fatigue and/or anaemia

What Joints Can Be Affected By Arthritis?

Any joint can be affected by arthritis, but it is most commonly reported in:

  • The small joints of the hands and feet

  • In the wrists, elbows, shoulders, knees, lower back, and hips