The painful and debilitating condition that is arthritis

May is Arthritis Awareness Month

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18/05/23 | StarsInsider

HEALTH Human body

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 58.5 million people in the United States alone have arthritis. That's 24% of all American adults! Osteoarthritis, the most common form of the condition, affects 7% of the global population (more than 500 million people worldwide), with women disproportionately affected by the disorder. Most forms of arthritis are thought to be caused by a defect in the immune system that causes the body to attack its own tissues in the joints. But it can also result from an injury or be associated with other joint-related conditions. It's a health issue that currently has no cure, though it can be managed and treated.

So, what exactly is arthritis, and how do you recognize its symptoms? Click through and find out more about this painful and debilitating medical malady.

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