Arthritis is a name for a group of over 100 conditions affecting the joints. It can affect many different parts of the joint and nearly every joint in the body.
What is arthritis?
While arthritis is very common – affecting more than 3.9 million adults and children in Australia – it’s not well understood.
There are over 100 forms of arthritis. Each type of arthritis affects you and your joints in different ways. Some forms of arthritis can also involve other parts of the body, such as the eyes. The most common forms of arthritis are:
Types of Arthritis
Arthritis is an umbrella term for a group of chronic medical conditions often causing pain and stiffness. There are over 100 types of arthritis. Each type of arthritis can affect you and all parts of your body differently.
Rheumatism is just a more general word that was used in the past. It described any pain in your bones, muscles and joints.
We know more about problems with bones, muscles and joints, so we use words like back pain, tendonitis and arthritis to describe these conditions now. Talk to your doctor if you have pain and stiffness that:
Starts for no clear reason
Lasts for more than a few days
Comes on with swelling, redness and warmth of your joints
Is my sore joint arthritis?
There are many different reasons why your joints may be sore. Not all pain in muscles and joints is caused by arthritis.
It could be from an injury or using your joints and muscles in an unusual way (for example, playing a new sport or lifting heavy boxes).
Talk to your doctor if you have pain and stiffness that:
starts for no clear reason
lasts for more than a few days
comes on with swelling, redness and warmth of your joints