What Is Arthritis?

Arthritis, a joint disorder classified as a rheumatic disease, is most commonly associated with inflammation and pain (arthralgia) where bones meet. Common symptoms include the limited function of joints, joint stiffness, swelling, tenderness, redness, and warmth. Many forms of arthritis, because they are rheumatic, can also affect other parts of the body not directly involving joints. In those cases fever, gland swelling, weight loss and fatigue, even problems with major organs heart, lungs or kidneys can result.

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