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Arthritis

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is pain or disease in one or more joints. There are many types of arthritis. Types such as rheumatoid arthritis cause inflammation in the joints. Other types wear away the cartilage between joints, such as osteoarthritis. This makes the bones of the joint rub together when you move the joint. An infection from bacteria, a virus, or a fungus can also cause arthritis. Your symptoms may be constant, or symptoms may come and go. Arthritis often gets worse over time and can cause permanent joint damage.

What increases my risk for arthritis?

What are the signs and symptoms of arthritis?

How is arthritis diagnosed?

How is arthritis treated?

Treatment will depend on the type of arthritis you have and if it is severe. You may need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What can I do to manage my symptoms?

What can I do to manage arthritis?

What support devices can help manage arthritis?

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

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