Under the name of arthritis, which literally means ‘joint pain’, are over a hundred different conditions. All these forms have in common the characteristic of causing inflammation in the joints, often accompanied by swelling, redness, increased temperature and pain resulting in a stiffening and loss of function.
Arthritis are part of the broader category of rheumatic diseases, although the two terms are often used interchangeably. Some rheumatic diseases can also affect internal organs and tissues of the body.These diseases are in first place in both the U.S. and Europe as a cause of disability in the population, especially in older women.
Until recently, arthritis was confused and also associated with arthritis, but that is a very different disease that affects the chondrocytes, the cells constituting the cartilage and that, despite having an inflammatory component is not an inflammatory disease. (more…)