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Last updated: 22nd Mar 2021

Arthritis refers to a collection of diseases that affect the joints, causing pain and stiffness. There are more than one hundred types of arthritis which can be broadly categorised as either inflammatory or non-inflammatory.

Non-inflammatory arthritis includes osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis involves degeneration of the articular cartilage that protects the ends of the bones and is a leading cause of disability around the world.

Inflammatory arthritis may arise as the result of an autoimmune or autoinflammatory response. Examples include rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthropathies such as ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis.

There is no known cure for arthritis, so current treatment strategies focus on providing effective palliation and slowing disease progression. Treatment may vary considerably depending upon type and severity.

To find out more about osteoarthritis, visit our dedicated Learning Zone, which contains further information on the treatment strategies, medications and relevant guidelines that are available to facilitate the successful management of this condition.

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