To put it simply, arthritis is inflammation of the joint. Due to the weight- bearing nature of the hip & knee, they are very susceptible to arthritis.
There are two main types of Arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid. Osteoarthritis is where the cartilage, the hard, slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones where they form a joint, to break down. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder which the lining of joints (synovium) is attacked & destroyed by the body’s own immune system. Uric acid crystals, infections or underlying disease, such as psoriasis or lupus, can cause other types of arthritis.
The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain, stiffness, swelling, decreased range-of-motion which typically worsen with age. Treatments vary depending on the type of arthritis. The main goals of arthritis treatments are to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.