Arthritis is classified as one of the rheumatic diseases. There are over 100 identified types of arthritis, including Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis. These are conditions that are actually considered individual illnesses that are different in features and complications. They have similarities in a tendency to affect the joints, muscles, ligaments, cartilage and tendons.
The symptoms of the various types of arthritis are similar. The symptoms include pain and limited function of joints. Joint inflammation can be experienced as stiffness, swelling, redness, pain and warmth.
When large joints are involves such as, the knee or hip, there can be a loss of cartilage with a limitation of motion from joint damage. When arthritis affects the small joints of the fingers there can be loss of strength and grip, in addition to swelling and pain.