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What is the meaning of arthritis?

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Arthritis means "joint inflammation." It causes pain and swelling in the body's joints, such as the knees or hips. There are many types of arthritis, but osteoarthritis is the most common. Also known as degenerative joint disease or age-related arthritis, osteoarthritis is more likely to happen has you get older.

SOURCES:

NIA Age Page: "Arthritis Advice."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoarthritis of the Hip."

MedlinePlus: "Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2018

SOURCES:

NIA Age Page: "Arthritis Advice."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoarthritis of the Hip."

MedlinePlus: "Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2018

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