Arthritis simply means a painful condition of the joints. There are different types of the disease - many inflammatory and others more degenerative in nature.

Symptoms of arthritis

  • Pain
  • Loss of function
  • Stiffness {early morning stiffness in Rheumatoid arthritis}
  • Signs of inflammation such as redness, swelling, warmth, tender to touch.

Causes of single joint arthritis

  • Trauma
  • Gout
  • Pseudo gout
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Haemarthrosis {bleeding into a joint}
  • Malignant deposit in the joint
  • Infectious causes like staphylococcal, streptococcal, salmonella, tuberculosis, gonococci which causes gonorrhoea a common sexually transmitted infection.

Causes of multiple joint arthritis

  • Viral causes such as rubella, mumps in children
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Rheumatic fever
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Drug reaction.

Arthritis is not just a disease of older people; it can affect people of all ages, including children. The cause of arthritis is unclear and there is no cure at present. However, there is plenty you can do to manage your condition and lead a full and active life.

The most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Symptoms of arthritis in hands include pain, stiffness, inflammation and swelling of joints, restricted movements of the joints, warmth and redness of the affected joints.

The National Health Service (NHS) in the U.K., although being the most cost effective and accessible healthcare system in the western world, the minimal cost to the patient comes with several compromises such as long waiting times to get seen by a specialist, feeling rushed during the consultation with the specialist, limited opportunity to ask questions and clarify any doubts during the consultation process. Through our medical website one could ask medical questions regarding arthritis care clarify any doubts and feel reassured by a panel of distinguished medical experts.

While most arthritis UK websites provide with basic information regarding arthritis, we provide evidence based, bespoke and confidential medical advice that’s tailor made to your situation.

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